‘Heinous’ – a protest against the new Saudi dress in Newcastle
The alleged new Newcastle United away outfit has sparked outrage at the club. The piece is decorated in the national colors of its Saudi owners. Even the club’s traditional crest does not seem untouched.
FifthA few months ago, Newcastle United fans dressed up as the sheikhs out of joy for the new owners from Saudi Arabia. But now, the club’s alleged new outfit outside the Premier League is causing fans to split. The white and green shirt is very similar to the shirt of the Gulf state national team.
Leaked photos of the shirt are circulating on the Internet, which the English newspaper “Daily Mail” described as original, based on its own information. The shirt is white, with a green and white collar, a green stripe down the sleeves; Even the club crest is black and white in green and white.
Magpies was bought by a consortium with Saudi participation for £305m last autumn. Given the resemblance to the national colors of the Gulf state, it is likely that Newcastle and the new majority owner, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, can predict significant growth in T-shirt sales in the country.
“He tells me it’s not true. Only when we find a way to live with reality does something like this come to remind us. Disgusting,” one fan tweeted, and another wrote, ‘Sorry but that’s disgusting. Just because we belong to them doesn’t mean we have to look like them.’ However, there was encouragement. In previous years, outdoor kits were black, blue, or gray.
Criticisms from Amnesty International
Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, is the chairman of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), which owns an 80% controlling stake in Newcastle. He is under severe criticism at the international level due to the grave violations of human rights in his country.
The Guardian quoted an Amnesty International representative as saying that if the reports on the jersey were true, it would show Saudi Arabia’s willingness to use sport to polish its poor human rights record. “Despite all the protests to separate the club from its Saudi owners, this appears as clear evidence of how the regime has used Newcastle to project a positive image,” said Felix Jakens, an official at Amnesty International. Sports should not be used in this way.
The Premier League agreed to the takeover after months of negotiations because they did not believe the club was under the control of Saudi Arabia – which is in fact the case. The Public Investment Fund is one of Crown Prince Mohammed’s most important means of consolidating his authority in the country and internationally. Amnesty International also considers the assertions of the alleged separation from the Saudi state a waste of time.