Crystal Palace fan group SLAM Newcastle’s Saudi-led owners with banner during draw between sides… as Holmesdale Fanatics condemn Premier League for ‘choosing money over morals’

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  • Crystal Palace fan group Holmesdale fanatics hit out at Newcastle takeover
  • He condemned the ‘total hypocrisy’ of the Premier League in allowing this to happen
  • A banner unveiled during the 1-1 draw between the sides at Selhurst Park
  • Newcastle backs down on statement about fans wearing tea towels
  • The club has now said it has given a ‘statement of support’ to fans in Arabic attire

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The Holmesdale Fanatics, a Crystal Palace fan group, has condemned the recent acquisition of Newcastle and displayed a banner in the stands during the match between the two sides.

Palace and Newcastle played out a 1–1 draw at Selhurst Park as the visitors scored their first Premier League point of their new era, but it was off the pitch where the most notable action took place.


The Saudi-led owners of Newcastle were the subject of protests from a section of Palace fans, who criticized the decision to allow the takeover of the Premier League by drawing attention to the actions of the Saudi regime.

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Crystal Palace fan group Holmesdale fanatics attack Saudi-led owners of Newcastle

Directors Amanda Stavely and Mehrdad Ghodousi were both in attendance at Selhurst Park.

Directors Amanda Stavely and Mehrdad Ghodousi were both in attendance at Selhurst Park.

The statement said: ‘The Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle has received widespread condemnation and anger. It is clear that the PIF is a front for the tyrannical ruling Saudi regime and by supporting it the Premier League has ridiculed the examination of its own ‘bosses and directors’.

‘The Premier League has chosen money over morality and the green light this deal has traded with one of the world’s bloodiest and repressive regimes.

‘Countries governed by fear where women are second-class citizens, gay participation banned, journalists silenced, imprisoned or killed and ‘dissidents’ have been brutally persecuted, now our national Getting a foothold in the game.

At a time when the Premier League is promoting women’s sports and inclusive initiatives such as the Rainbow Armband, giving the deal a ‘thumbs up’ reflects total hypocrisy in the sport and reflects the league’s soulless agenda where benefits are all affects.

Holmesdale fanatics criticize Premier League's 'total hypocrisy' for allowing takeover

Holmesdale fanatics criticize Premier League’s ‘total hypocrisy’ for allowing takeover

‘Newcastle, as a team, are now being used to wash the blood off the hands of a corrupt regime and confused supporters must reflect on that reality as they sing the song of ‘get your club back’.

‘We are fortunate to live in a country where we can display banners like this without any repercussions. Many people in Saudi Arabia want it to be given to them.

Earlier in the week, Newcastle urged fans not to wear Arabic attire for matches after hundreds of fans did the same at St James’ Park against Tottenham in the first match since the takeover.

This came when it emerged that Kick It Out was planning to meet Newcastle and encourage them to ask fans not to wear tea towels over their heads as a way of celebrating their new owners. .

The club said: ‘Newcastle United are kindly asking supporters to refrain from wearing traditional Arabic clothing or Middle East-inspired head coverings at matches if they do not wear such attire.’

Newcastle backtracks on its statement about fans wearing Arabic attire to match

Newcastle backtracks on its statement about fans wearing Arabic attire to match

However, they have now backtracked on that in a new statement, suggesting that the club’s new owners see fans dress as a way to show a warm welcome and support.

“Fans who have celebrated by wearing culturally traditional clothing, including a head covering, have been a part of that welcome,” the club said.

‘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 for all.

‘To reiterate what we said earlier, neither the club nor its new owners were outraged by the attire being worn, and appreciate the open statements of support and acceptance by our great fans.’


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