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PREMIER - Fans adamant, Newcastle reverses non Arab-style dress

Published on: 23 October 2021

Some fans defied the caution by wearing more Saudi-inspired headdresses to Newcastle's game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Newcastle has already rescinded a request that fans not wear Arab-style clothing to celebrate the club's Saudi-backed takeover on Saturday, stating that the trend had caused no offence.

Hundreds of Newcastle fans wore traditional robes and others wore headdresses for the club's first game under new ownership, a home match against Tottenham last weekend.

On Wednesday, the club reacted by asking fans to "refrain" from wearing such clothing if they "would not typically wear such apparel."

In a statement by the club on their backtracking on their decision, they stated the club's new owners had taken no offense to the gesture of support.

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

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

"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."

Source: transfermarketweb.com

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