Newcastle supporters told to stop wearing inappropriate costumes

Newcastle United's fans are wearing inappropriate clothing due to the Saudi Arabia takeover. They have been told they need to stop.

Lewis Thompson
11th November 2021
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Newcastle United have released a statement condemning fans. They have been told to stop wearing ‘Culturally inappropriate’ Saudi Arabia ‘fancy dress’ at matches.

This statement comes after hundreds of fans turned up to Newcastle's 3-2 loss, against Tottenham Hotspur, wearing things such as home-made head-dresses and camel outfits, in celebration of their first game under their new Saudi Arabian owners.

According to Sportsmail, the anti-racism group Kick It Out and the FA were alarmed by the situation, with Kick It Out expressing their concerns to the football club and wanting Newcastle United to educate their fans on the issue.

Newcastle United insisted in a statement released that the new Saudi Arabian owners were not offended by what the fans were dressing up as.

Newcastle have still asked fans to refrain from returning to the stadium in these costumes.
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The statement read: “No one among the new ownership group was in any way offended by the attire of the fans who chose to celebrate in this way. It was a gesture that was acknowledged as positive and welcoming in its intent. However, there remains the possibility that dressing this way is culturally inappropriate and risks causing offence to others.

“All visitors to the club are encouraged to wear whatever is the norm for their own culture or religion, continuing to reflect the broad and rich multicultural communities and groups from which the club proudly draws its support.”

It appears that there was never any harm intended by those fans who dressed up as a celebration of their new owners but just wanted to have a little bit of light-hearted enjoyment after becoming the richest football club in the world!

Want to know more about the takeover, itself? Go check out Oren Brown's rundown on what's what.

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