Newcastle backtrack over fans wearing ‘culturally inappropriate’ Arab attire

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Newcastle United have backtracked on a former statement that requested supporters to chorus from putting on outfits or head coverings motivated by common Arabic attire at video games as it could be interpreted as “culturally inappropriate.”

In a statement on Saturday, Newcastle said all those who wished to put on “suitable culturally-encouraged outfits” could continue on to do so and added that the club or the homeowners had been hardly ever offended by the apparel.

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A amount of admirers have celebrated Newcastle’s takeover by a Saudi Arabia-led consortium by dressing up in robes and head coverings at matches and celeberations exterior the stadium.

“The new house owners have been overcome by the welcome of the local group, pursuing the acquisition of the club two months ago,” Saturday’s assertion claimed.

“The enthusiasts who have celebrated by carrying culturally classic garments, including head coverings, have been portion of that welcome.

Newcastle United had questioned non-Arabic admirers not to dress in Arab attire to games. Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Photos

“These who would like to assist the club by sporting acceptable culturally-motivated garments need to experience free to do so as they see fit. We are inclusive to all.

“To reiterate what we explained earlier, neither the club nor its new house owners ended up offended by apparel worn, and recognize the overt statements of assistance and acceptance by our fantastic admirers.”

Prior to the latest assertion, equality and inclusion group Kick It Out had reportedly been scheduling to present instruction workshops in Newcastle to supporters to describe how impersonating Arabs could be deemed racist or culturally insensitive.