Newcastle United’s new owners appeared to have changed their minds very suddenly on the controversial subject of fans wearing traditional Arab clothing for the games.
Newcastle United did a bizarre about-face in warning fans not to wear Arab-inspired headgear.
Some Geordies showed up at the opening match of the Saudi-funded takeover, wearing robes and kaffiyeh, the traditional headgear.
This was condemned by the anti-racist group Kick it Out who believed the disguise could be racist, offensive or culturally insensitive.
The club acted on Wednesday to “kindly ask” fans not to wear such clothes unless they have already done so.
But on Saturday afternoon released a statement saying fans can do whatever they want, in a bizarre change of mind.
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On Wednesday, the club insisted: âThere remains the possibility that dressing in this way is culturally inappropriate and risks offending 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.”
But today the policy has changed. In a statement issued during the clash with Crystal Palace, they said: âNewcastle United FC wish to clarify the guidelines issued on Wednesday 20 October regarding match dress.
âThe new owners were 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.
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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.”
Crystal Palace fans today unveiled a banned attack on Newcastle’s Saudi state-owned group, the Public Investment Fund, accusing them of terrorism, beheading, censorship and human rights violations.
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