Mike Ashley 'feared being jailed in UAE after insulting Dubai royal family, Islam and Kevin Keegan' 

Mail Online | 6/17/2013 | Rory Tingle For Mailonline
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Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley feared being locked up in the UAE after insulting the Dubai royal family, Islam and Kevin Keegan in a bar, a court heard.

Detail of the alleged incident a decade ago has emerged in a ruling on the latest round of a High Court dispute involving Mr Ashley, who also owns Newcastle United, and former Charlton Athletic co-owner Tony Jimenez.

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Mr Ashley has sued Mr Jimenez over a 2008 French golf course deal and says he is owed £3 million. Mr Jimenez, a former Newcastle United vice president, disputes his claim.

The judge, Chief Master Matthew Marsh, analysed a number of legal issues at a pre-trial High Court hearing in London in October and published a ruling relating to those issues on Wednesday.

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The judge said Mr Ashley had been accused of making remarks which 'included insults' to the Dubai Royal Family and the Islamic faith and its followers, and to former Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan.

Mr Ashley had said he 'may have made a 'regrettable' remark'.

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Barrister Adam Johnson QC, who leads Mr Jimenez's legal team, had told Chief Master Marsh, at the hearing in October, that Mr Ashley's 'basic complaint' was that he was entitled to be repaid £3 million he handed over with the aim of acquiring an indirect interest in the Les Bordes golf course development.

Mr Johnson said Mr Ashley had given instructions for £3 million to be paid into a nominated company account, but had subsequently agreed that the money should be 'retained' in relation to work Mr Jimenez had done trying to find a buyer for Newcastle United.

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He said Mr Ashley also agreed to hand over another £7 million.

Mr Jimenez said he had done a lot of work on the Newcastle sale and became 'increasingly concerned' after Mr Ashley refused to meet a potential...
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