Newcastle United do U-turn on fans wearing Saudi-inspired clothing

Newcastle United fans show their support prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on October 23, 2021 in London, England.Newcastle United fans show their support prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on October 23, 2021 in London, England.
Newcastle United fans show their support prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on October 23, 2021 in London, England. | Getty Images
Newcastle United have released a statement clarifying their position on matchday attire.

Newcastle United have released an in-game statement clarifying their position on fans dressing in Saudi-inspired attire.

Having discouraged fans to celebrate the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia takeover by wearing traditional dress this week, they completed a U-turn 10 minutes into the club’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

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NewcastleWorld has been told the statement was not inspired by the derogatory banner unfurled by Palace fans criticising the club’s new Saudi owners. It is said to have been something in the pipeline prior to this.

Fans react inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on October 23, 2021 in London, England. Fans react inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on October 23, 2021 in London, England.
Fans react inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on October 23, 2021 in London, England. | Getty Images
A Newcastle United fan applauds during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on October 23, 2021 in London, England. A Newcastle United fan applauds during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on October 23, 2021 in London, England.
A Newcastle United fan applauds during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on October 23, 2021 in London, England. | Getty Images

The NUFC statement in full

Newcastle United FC would like to clarify guidance issued on Wednesday, 20th October regarding matchday attire.

The new owners have been overwhelmed by the welcome of the local community, following the acquisition of the club two weeks ago.

The fans who have celebrated by wearing culturally traditional clothing, including head coverings, have been part of that welcome.

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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 to all.

To reiterate what we said previously, neither the club nor its new owners were offended by attire worn, and appreciate the overt statements of support and acceptance by our great fans.

Newcastle United FC and its new owners continue to support the Premier League’s initiatives on diversity and inclusion, including No Room for Racism.

In closing, we thank the fans of Newcastle United FC for their incredible support.

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