British Football Fans Shout From The Top 'We Are Saudis'

Published October 20th, 2021 - 11:18 GMT
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Newcastle fans (AFP/Getty)

ALBAWABA – British sports fans are over the moon with the recent takeover of Newcastle United by the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIS). Geordie sports fans can’t believe their luck and are soon expecting the “golden age” of the club which is trailing at 19th place in the British Premier League.

Regardless of the politics or the implication in the Jamal Khoshaggi’s murder in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the British fans in the north of England city of Newcastle are very happy about what they expect to be bountiful, winning football from now on.

They are going, striding to football matches, full of vigor and excitement about the new era. Saudi Arabia now owns 80 percent of the club which it had finally bought at $409 million.

It is now looking to make big investments in the club by way of infrastructure and new players which would be costly to say the least but who cares about the money now.

Fans have been so excited that they turned up to matches wearing the traditional white Saudi thob and the headgear. They wore head scarves as an appreciation to their new owners. For them it was fun-time, just about football and nothing else.

The social media has literally gone crazy not only about the takeover, not only with commentary, that included a take on the Saudi human right angle, but also of images that included the wrapping of the Saudi flags on their backs. It was a far-cry from the stereotyping in the West. Maybe it wasn’t, but this time around its fans from the grass-roots who are doing it.

If the Saudi takeover of the club was considered sport-washing, then the fans preferred to gloss over it. One even suggested that the fans would eventually force the Saudis to alter their behavior on many issues considered off-putting by the West. Later, sports officials in the Newcastle Club also tried to paper over the issuing by saying the Public Investment Fund was not the Saudi state. Maybe not but surely its ultimate boss is the Saudi government.

Anyway, for the time being its excitement all the way for the British fans of Newcastle.


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