Newcastle turn around on fans wearing Saudi-inspired clothing as new club owners ‘appreciate clear statements of support’ as Toon Army continues takeover celebrations against Crystal Palace
Newcastle United have turned around on their demand for fans to stop wearing Arab-inspired headgear and clothing, saying the club’s new Saudi owners “appreciate the clear statements of support”.
Toon’s army has been in celebration mode since the club was bought by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund for Â£ 305million.
The deal makes Newcastle the richest football club in the world, with Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman worth an estimated Â£ 320 billion.
Fans were in a jubilant mood ahead of their first game under a new owner with part-owner Amanda Staveley and non-executive chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan in attendance for the 3-2 loss to Tottenham on October 17.
A number of supporters wore Saudi-inspired clothing in reference to Bin Salman, which the club later advised fans not to repeat.
However, Newcastle have now changed their guidelines, saying fans are free to wear culturally inspired clothing.
A statement on nufc.co.uk read: âThe new owners have been overwhelmed by the welcome from the local community, following the acquisition of the club two weeks ago.
âFans who celebrated by wearing culturally traditional clothing, including headwear, were part of the welcome.
âThose 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.
âTo reiterate what we have said previously, neither the club nor its new owners have been offended by the clothes worn and appreciate the clear statements of support and acceptance from our great fans.
âNewcastle United FC and its new owners continue to support the Premier League’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, including No Room for Racism.
“In closing, we thank the fans of Newcastle United FC for their incredible support.”
Newcastle had previously advised supporters against dress, while maintaining that club owners were in no way offended.
The previous statement read: âNo one from the new group of owners was offended in any way by the attire of the fans who chose to celebrate in this manner.
âIt was a gesture that was recognized as positive and welcoming in his intention.
âHowever, there remains the possibility that dressing in this way is culturally inappropriate and may offend others.
“All visitors to the club are, as always, encouraged to wear what is the norm for their own culture or religion, continuing to reflect the large and wealthy multicultural communities and groups that the club proudly supports.”
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