Judge attacks Mike Ashley for abusing legal system against Rangers boss

Mr Justice Peter Smith brands Sport Direct founder’s tactics ‘deplorable’ for using courts in bid ‘to intimidate’ Scottish club’s chairman Dave King

Mike Ashley, the founder of Sports Direct, has been abusing the legal system to “intimidate” Dave King, the chairman of Rangers football club, by using “deplorable tactics” to pursue a vendetta against his rival, a high court judge has said.

The comments are the latest setback for the billionaire, who on Wednesday was chastised by the same judge for abusing the courts in a separate strand of his legal battle with Rangers, who he accuses of breaching the terms of a confidentiality agreement.

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