Newcastle fans are urged to ditch Saudi Arabia ‘fancy dress’ with Kick It Out planning discussions with the club to prevent supporters wearing tea towels in tribute to new owners… and the FA are also concerned about the gesture

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  • Newcastle supporters have been donning homemade headgear lately
  • The gesture is a misguided celebration of the club’s new Saudi-led ownership
  • Equality and inclusion group Kick It Out wants to educate Magpie fans

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Kick It Out is planning talks with Newcastle to discourage fans from wearing tea towels over their heads in a misguided celebration of the club’s new Saudi owners.

Thousands of supporters donned home-made head-dresses for the Public Investment Fund’s first game in charge against Tottenham at St James’s Park on Sunday, sparking a spectacle that disappointed Kick It Out and impressive FA figures.

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Kick It Out spent Monday tallying reports of anti-discrimination behavior from the weekend’s events, as they do every Monday, and waiting to find out if the club is in Newcastle before contacting them. There was no specific complaint of incidents.

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Kick It Out plans talks with Newcastle regarding fans wearing tea-towel head-dress

Magpie supporters are pointing to the Saudi-led celebration of the new ownership

Magpie supporters are pointing to the Saudi-led celebration of the new ownership

sportsmail has learned that the equality and inclusion group is likely to offer education workshops in Newcastle to fans to explain how the wearing of tea towels in an effort to impersonate Arabs could be considered racist, offensive or culturally insensitive. could.

Senior individuals in the FA are also concerned with the situation, and may join in if it is not dealt with by the club.

It was particularly disturbing to see several members of the Toon Army wearing tea towels as it happened in the Premier League’s No Room for Racism campaign, which will run for the next fortnight and encourage fans to challenge any incidents of discrimination and Will be asked to report.

Equality and inclusion group wants club to educate fans on how it can take offense

Equality and inclusion group wants club to educate fans on how it can take offense

The issue of cultural appropriation in UK sport has become a major topic of discussion this season.

Premiership rugby club Wasps earlier this month called for a nationwide ban on the wearing of Native American headdresses by Exeter Chiefs fans.

Major American franchises including the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians are refusing to drop the Exeter Chiefs moniker, despite the rebranding.

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