【 football investment 】Police investigate whether anti-Saudi banner at Crystal Palace vs Newcastle was racist act – Inside World Football

October 25 – Police are investigating a graphic banner displayed by Crystal Palace fans that targeted the Saudi Arabian-led takeover of Newcastle United.The banner, depicting an image of the cl soccer investment ub’s new owners, was unveiled before the 1-1 draw between the two clubs on Saturday, highlighting human rights issues in Saudi Arabia and criticising the Premier League for allowing the takeover to go ahead.“Police received a report of an offensive banner displayed by Crystal Palace fans,” said a statement. “Officers are assessing the information and carrying out enquiries. Any allegations of racist abuse will be taken very seriously.”As well appearing to show Premier League chief executive Richard Masters giving a thumbs-up to the deal, the banner also listed offences that human rights organi soccer finance sations allege the Saudi regime is responsible for, with a tick next to each one: terrorism, beheadings, civil rights abuse, murder, persecution and censorship.Palace supporters’ group Holmesdale Fanatics released a statement not long after the banner had been unveiled.“The Saudi led takeover of Newcastle has rightly received widespread condemnation and anger,” it read.“To give the thumbs up to this deal at a time when the Premier League is promoting the women’s game and inclusive initiatives such as rainbow armbands, shows the total hypocrisy at play and demonstrates the league’s soulless agenda where profits trump all.”Fan-wearNewcastle United has reversed a request to fans not to wear the traditional Arab dish dash to home games.In a reissued clarification to their preferred dress rules for fans, the club football finance saud: “The new owners have been overwhelmed by the welcome of the local community, following the acquisition of the club two weeks ago.“The fans who have celebrated by wearing culturally traditional clothing, including head coverings, have been part o football money management f 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.”Contact the writer of this story at moc.l1635837447labto1635837447ofdlr1635837447owedi1635837447sni@w1635837447ahsra1635837447w.wer1635837447dna1635837447