Saudi Arabia-led owners of Crystal Palace SLAM Newcastle fan group with banner during Premier League draw
The Crystal Palace SLAM fan group Newcastle’s Saudi-led owners with banner during draw between sides … as Holmesdale fans condemn the Premier League for ‘choosing money over morals’
- Crystal Palace’s group of fans, The Holmesdale Fanatics, grappled with the Newcastle takeover
- They condemned the ‘utter hypocrisy’ of the Premier League in allowing it to happen
- A banner unveiled during the 1-1 tie between the sides at Selhurst Park
- Newcastle has backtracked on a statement about fans using dish towels
- The club has now said that fans in Arab garb has been a ‘statement of support’
Holmesdale fans, a group of Crystal Palace fans, condemned Newcastle’s recent takeover and displayed a banner in the stands during the match between the two sides.
Palace and Newcastle played a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park as the visitors earned their first Premier League point of their new era, but it was off the field that the most notable action occurred.
The Saudi-led Newcastle owners were the subject of a protest by a section of Palace fans, who criticized the Premier League’s decision to allow the inauguration to take place by drawing attention to the actions of the Saudi regime. .
Crystal Palace fan group The Holmesdale Fanatics attacked Newcastle owners led by Saudi Arabia
Directors Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi were in attendance at Selhurst Park.
The statement read: ‘The Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle has rightly received widespread condemnation and anger. It is clear that the PIF is a front for the tyrannical ruling Saudi regime and in backing this, the Premier League has mocked its own “owners and directors” test.
“The Premier League has chosen money over morality and, by giving the green light to this deal, has done business with one of the bloodiest and most repressive regimes in the world.
“A fear-controlled country where women are second-class citizens, same-sex couples forbidden, journalists silenced, imprisoned or murdered, and brutally persecuted ‘dissidents’ now has a foothold in our national game.
‘Giving the thumbs up’ to this deal at a time when the Premier League is promoting the women’s game and inclusive initiatives like rainbow bracelets, shows the utter hypocrisy at stake and demonstrates the League’s heartless agenda where profits triumph above all.
Holmesdale Fanatics criticized the Premier League’s ‘utter hypocrisy’ for allowing the takeover
“Newcastle, as a team, are now being used to wash the blood off the hands of a corrupt government and deluded fans must consider that reality when they sing about ‘getting your club back.’
“We are lucky to live in a country where we can display a banner like this without repercussions. Many in Saudi Arabia wish they had. ”
Earlier in the week, Newcastle urged fans not to wear Arab clothing to matches, after hundreds of fans did exactly that at St James’ Park against Tottenham in the opening match after the inauguration.
It happened when it emerged that Kick It Out was planning to meet Newcastle and encourage them to ask fans not to wear kitchen towels on their heads as a way to celebrate their new owners.
The club said: “Newcastle United are kindly asking their supporters to refrain from wearing traditional Arab clothing or Middle East inspired head covers in matches if they do not normally wear such attire.”
Newcastle backtracked on their statement about fans wearing Arab dress to matches
However, they have now backtracked on that in a new statement, suggesting that the club’s new owners have instead viewed the fans’ attire as a warm welcome and a way of showing support.
“Fans who have celebrated by wearing culturally traditional clothing, including head covering, have been part of that welcome,” the club said.
‘Those who wish to support the club by wearing appropriate culture-inspired clothing should feel free to do so as they see fit. We are inclusive for everyone.
“To reiterate what we said earlier, neither the club nor its new owners were offended by the clothing worn, and we appreciate the open statements of support and acceptance from our great fans.”