Mike Ashley vomited into fireplace at pub meeting, court told

Sports Direct and Newcastle United owner dismisses banker’s claim of £15m deal as ‘banter’, as court hears of extreme drinking competitions

The high court has been given an extraordinary insight into the working practices of Mike Ashley, the controversial founder of Sports Direct, who it was claimed would challenge subordinates to extreme drinking competitions that once ended with the 52-year-old billionaire vomiting into a fireplace.

The “unconventional” working life of Ashley, who controls the Sports Direct retail chain and Newcastle United football club, was laid bare in evidence on Monday in a case alleging that the retail tycoon reneged on a £15m deal with a banker. The lawsuit claims the agreement was sealed during a boozy session in a London pub.

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