Newcastle United, the Saudi question, Howe & Chelsea - what happened &, importantly, didn’t at Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea against Newcastle United was painted as a politically-charged, bear pit with ownership and its ills framing what would otherwise have been a pretty inconsequential Premier League encounter.
But was it really like that?
Here our editor Liam Kennedy, who was at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, gives his take, with insight into what he saw inside and outside the ground, what he heard from the crowd and his take on the questioning in the press room, seen by some Newcastle fans as an attack on the club and Eddie Howe.
This report - told during the latest episode of NUFC Matters on YouTube - debunks the Saudi flag myth, offers a behind-the-scenes inquest into the press conference, of which Liam was present, and the mood around the stadium before and during the match.
It also highlights the need for fans to educate themselves on the issues before diving into social media battles and why it is OK for Eddie Howe to be asked questions on ownership - and why he’s within his rights to not answer them.
The full episode can be watched by clicking this link.