Newcastle ask fans to stop dressing in traditional Arabic clothing at games

Newcastle United have asked fans to stop dressing in traditional Arabic clothing and headscarves at the club's matches in the future, if they would not ordinarily.

Supporters had been seen wearing headscarves at recent celebrations following the club's takeover and again at the match against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The £300million purchase of the club has seen the Saudi Arabian Public Investment fund become majority owners of the club with a stake of 80%, with RB Sports & Media and PCP Capital Partners both owning 10 per cent each.

Newcastle's request comes after anti-racism charity Kick It Out urged the club to ban the wearing of mock headdresses.

In a club statement, Newcastle have urged fans to refrain from wearing headscarves and other traditional Arabic clothing going forward.

"Newcastle United is kindly asking supporters to refrain from wearing traditional Arabic clothing or Middle East-inspired head coverings at matches if they would not ordinarily wear such attire," reads the official statement.

"A number of supporters have recently attended St. James' Park wearing associated head coverings and robes, marking the takeover of the club by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media.

"No-one among the new ownership group was in any way offended by the attire of the fans who chose to celebrate in this way.

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"It was a gesture that was acknowledged as positive and welcoming in its intent.

"However, there remains the possibility that dressing this way is culturally inappropriate and risks causing offence to others.

"All visitors to the club are, as always, encouraged to wear whatever is the norm for their own culture or religion, continuing to reflect the broad and rich multicultural communities and groups from which the club proudly draws its support."

Fans had been photographed wearing headscarves and carrying Saudi Arabian flags both outside St. James' Park and inside the ground prior to Sunday's match.

The 3-2 loss to Spurs was the club's first match since the takeover was completed during the international break.

There were also similar scenes outside the stadium as fans gathered to celebrate on the day the takeover was announced.

It will become apparent at this weekend's trip to Crystal Palace whether fans have followed the club's request over the wearing of Arabic clothing.

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