Newcastle change stance to allow fans to wear culturally-inspired clothing
They've reversed their previous decision
Newcastle have change their stance and will now allow their fans to wear culturally-inspired clothing.
Earlier this week, the club asked its supporters to stop wearing traditional Arabic clothing or Middle East-inspired head coverings at matches.
Following the Magpies' Saudi-backed takeover, a number of supporters turned up to St James' Park wearing Arabic clothing and Middle East-inspired head coverings as Newcastle lost to Spurs in the first game since the Public Investment Fund took charge of the club.
As a result, the club had asked fans to refrain from repeating the action moving forward, unless they ordinarily wear such attire.
However, Newcastle have changed their stance on the matter and are now allowing fans to wear appropriate culturally-inspired clothing - such as traditional Arabic clothing or Middle East-inspired head coverings.
The Magpies stated that the club's new owners - Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) - have been 'overwhelmed' with the welcome they have received, with supporters' attire being a part of that.
On Saturday (23 October) the club released a statement to clarify guidance issued earlier in the week regarding matchday attire.
#NUFC would like to clarify guidance issued on Wednesday, 20th October regarding matchday attire.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 23, 2021
The statement read: "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 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.
"Newcastle United FC and its new owners continue to support the Premier League's initiatives on diversity and inclusion, including No Room for Racism.
"In closing, we thank the fans of Newcastle United FC for their incredible support."
Newcastle's statement comes days after football equality and inclusion group Kick It Out stated that it was seeking imminent talks with the Magpies to urge the club to ask supporters to refrain from wearing mock headdresses.
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