By John Smith •
Published: 24 Apr 2020 • 17:19
THE Frasers Group, whose owner Mike Ashley set up JD Sports and owns House of Fraser, Evans Cycles and Jack Wills has been refused a coronavirus loan by the British government.
It told shareholders only that it was ineligible but declined to explain why although it also advised that it has settled a €674 million dispute with the Belgian tax authority apparently making a modest payment only.
Mr Ashley is a controversial figure who also owns Newcastle United Football Club which he is reportedly trying to sell.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
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