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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley makes V-mark on Toon fans after Rafa Benitez and Squad for dinner

MIKE ASHLEY seemed to flash a V-sign to buzz Newcastle fans after they took the team to dinner last night.

The Toon owner under the fire needed a police escort to his taxi after leaving the Rialto Italian restaurant when a dozen demonstrators mocked him and chanted, "Where's the money going?"

    Mike Ashley seems to make a V-mark on angry Newcastle fans as he leaves the restaurant

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Mike Ashley seems to make a V-mark on angry Newcastle fans as he leaves the restaurant

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez and chief executive Lee Charnley sat next to Ashley at the table as the restaurant offered a £ 5.95 happy hour special for a walk one evening.

A dinner in the restaurant outside Newcastle revealed, "Ashley had spaghetti bolognese."

The despised Sports Direct owner left ten minutes after Benitez and the players, but then had to let the fans run into his waiting carrier.

Once upon a time in the taxi, the billionaire lost his calm and seemed to give the Magpies fans a V-mark.

But an Ashley spokesman told The Sun, "Mike did not give the fans a V-mark.

"The attached photos show he is smiling and enjoying the evening.

"Anyone who saw Match of the Day over the weekend will also realize that Mike is very respectful in his reactions to fans."

    Mike Ashley smiles as he leaves the Italian restaurant Rialtos

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Mike Ashley smiles as he leaves the Italian restaurant Rialtos
    Mike Ashley gets a police escort to get into his staff

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Mike Ashley gets a police escort to get into his staff
    Mike Ashley climbs into the back of the car while Newcastle fans boo him

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Mike Ashley climbs into the back of the car while Newcastle fans boo him
    Newcastle fans wait in front of the restaurant with Ashley Out banners

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Newcastle fans wait in front of the restaurant with Ashley Out banners
    Mike Ashley was booed by a handful of fans as he left the restaurant

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Mike Ashley was booed by a handful of fans as he left the restaurant

Ashley had treated Benitez and his fighting Newcastle players for dinner to prevent a full-blown crisis on Tyneside.

Toon has won seven more games in the Premier League this season and alarm bells are already ringing in the relegation zone.

Ashley hopes that by rolling and feeding the staff and players, he can increase morale in the ranks of the team.

And the dinner date was also an attempt to get Benitez to the side while the Newcastle fans are calling for Ashley's head.

Protests on Tyneside were ripe this season after billionaire Ashley refused to win new players in the summer.

The 54-year-old official put the club up for sale a year ago and estimates it at £ 380 million.

    Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez leaves the restaurant after dinner with Mike Ashley

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez leaves the restaurant after dinner with Mike Ashley
    Mike Ashley had hoped to put Rafa Benitez aside by taking him to dinner

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Mike Ashley had hoped to put Rafa Benitez aside by taking him to dinner
    Newcastle players Jonjo Shelvey and Freddy Woodman enter Rialto

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Newcastle players Jonjo Shelvey and Freddy Woodman enter Rialto
    Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie follows his teammates into the restaurant

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Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie follows his teammates into the restaurant
    Newcastle's Ayoze Perez and Federico Fernandez arrive at the restaurant

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Newcastle's Ayoze Perez and Federico Fernandez arrive at the restaurant
    Newcastle players enter Rialto for dinner with owner Mike Ashley

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Newcastle players enter Rialto for dinner with owner Mike Ashley
    Newcastle's borrowed Chelsea-Ace Kenedy arrives in style for dinner

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Newcastle's borrowed Chelsea-Ace Kenedy arrives in style for dinner
    Newcastle midfielder Christian Atsu arrives in Ponteland for the meal

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Newcastle midfielder Christian Atsu arrives in Ponteland for the meal

But despite the interest of Amanda Staveley he did not sell.

The former CEO of Manchester United and Chelsea, Peter Kenyon, has expressed interest, but does not want to raise funds yet.

There is also growing unrest about Benitez's future at St. James Park, with the Spaniard out of contract at the end of the season.

The dinner-restaurant meeting is the first time that Benitez saw Ashley face to face for five months.

He was at St James's Park for the 2-0 loss to Leicester on Saturday, but did not speak with the manager.

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