Newcastle owner Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct HQ raided in Rangers probe

Mike Ashley
Mike Ashley

POLICE have raided Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct base as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged fraudulent buying of Glasgow Rangers football club.

The sportswear firm has confirmed that its headquarters in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, have been raided by Scottish police as part of the probe.

A spokesperson said: “The premises of Sports Direct at Shirebrook were visited by Police Scotland conducting an investigation relating to Glasgow Rangers FC and various persons previously employed by and or associated with Rangers.

“The police were seeking documentation which might assist the investigation.

“Sports Direct has co-operated fully and will continue to co-operate fully in the provision of information that the police request.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We can confirm that officers carried out a search of a property in Derbyshire. As this is part of a live inquiry, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

Ashley holds an 8.92 per cent stake in Rangers, and was prevented from increasing it to 29.9 per cent by the Scottish FA.

However, his Sports Direct firm runs the club’s retail division and he has handed the club £10m in loans.