Papers filed at high court in London allege contract breach over deal between retail group’s founder and Tony Jimenez

Mike Ashley, the billionaire owner of Newcastle United, is moving from the pub to the golf course in his latest high court dispute with a former business partner.

Ashley claims his former “trusted friend” Tony Jimenez, an executive at Newcastle United under Ashley until 2008, lured him into handing over £3m linked to a fraudulent investment in a French golf course. The Sports Direct boss is seeking £3m-plus interest of about £800,000 in recompense for breach of contract.

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