Newcastle fans lost in a moral maze after Saudi Arabia’s takeover as the club’s owners backtracked after previously asking fans not to wear Arab-style clothing to matches.
- Newcastle asked supporters not to wear Arab-style clothing to matches
- The club has now said that fans can wear culturally inspired clothing as they see fit.
- Newcastle has come under scrutiny since its Saudi-backed acquisition
The Premier League and Newcastle United are not the only ones under scrutiny after allowing the acquisition of the Saudi-backed Public Investment Fund (PIF), as now the club’s supporters are getting lost in a moral maze.
A banner in Selhurst Park showed Premier League supreme Richard Masters with a bag of money at his feet, smiling at Yasir Al-Rumayyan, governor of the PIF representing the new money in Tyneside, wielding a sword.
Among them was a Premier League owner test checklist that read: ‘Terrorism (tick), Beheadings (tick), Civil Rights Abuses (tick), Murder (tick), Censorship (tick), Persecution ( tick) ‘.
Newcastle has backtracked on previous objections to fans wearing Arab-style clothing
Newcastle fans have worn the Arab-style clothing to celebrate their Saudi-backed takeover
Long-suffering Newcastle fans find their celebrations of the club’s sudden acquisition of riches, following the departure of despised London-based owner Mike Ashley, are being frowned upon.
Kick It Out has also protested against fans wearing culturally inappropriate head dressings at matches.
I saw only a couple of ‘disguised’ fans in Newcastle’s crowded fan section and those I spoke to before the game resented their support for a football club which was combined with the endorsement of sports washing by a regime with nasty civil rights. Registration.
A man in his 20s named Ryan stood outside the stadium and said, ‘There are things we need to think about and the guy I just got a ticket from doesn’t want to support us anymore because of the inauguration.
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We are under a lot of scrutiny and while that is understandable, I don’t think Newcastle fans should be the ones to take the hit. It’s hard for us to balance ourselves and I don’t know if we’ll ever make it. ‘
Another staunch supporter named Hayley (@ Hayley-Harra) claimed that she had received endorsement from people she had spoken to on Twitter about the hats.
She said: ‘I am also aware of the concerns around Saudi dissidents, but that is not our fault. Newcastle fans have had 14 years of hell with no ambition or hope and we’ve gotten rid of Ashley and that’s all we’re worried about now.
‘We could fall, but at least we know there is a long-term plan to be back. I’m glad they cleaned the floor windows again!
It turned out that the new owners of Newcastle were totally on board with Hayley’s sentiments. Through new bosses Mehrdad Ghodoussi and Amanda Staveley, the club issued a statement revoking a midweek request for fans to refrain from “wearing traditional Arab clothing or Middle Eastern inspired hats.”
Newcastle now says fans can wear ‘appropriate culturally inspired clothing’ as they see fit
The new edict read: ‘Those who wish to support the club by wearing appropriate culturally inspired clothing should feel free to do so as they see fit. We are inclusive for everyone.
“Newcastle United FC and its new owners continue to support the Premier League’s initiatives on diversity and inclusion, including No Room for Racism.”
With that issue cleared up, for today at least, Newcastle fans did what they do best and supported their team from the first to the last minute.
They remain in the relegation zone and still winless, but at least this time they were rewarded with a display of fighting, a brilliant goal from Callum Wilson and a point to keep them off the bottom of the table.
‘How much are they paying you?’ chanted Palace fans as VAR stepped in to disallow what looked like a late winning goal for Christian Benteke. It’s a song the Geordies have to get used to.