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Newcastle fans get protected status for St James' Park

Newcastle United fans have won their bid to protect St James' Park in case the stadium is ever put up for sale, reports BBC Sport. The club's home since 1892 will be labelled an Asset Of Community Value.

The application by the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) was approved by the council and means the group has the right to bid for it if owner Mike Ashley tries to sell.

"The importance of St James' Park to Newcastle United is known throughout the world," said a NUST statement.

It added: "This means St James' Park cannot be sold without the local community being told about it, and them being given the opportunity to bid for it themselves."

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