Police probe into allegations of racism after Saudi owners of Crystal Palace fan group SLAM Newcastle


Fury has erupted today over the Met Police racism investigation into banners protesting the Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle United.

Human rights campaigners are disbelieved that police launched an investigation into a banner exposing the Gulf State’s human rights atrocities by Crystal Palace fans.

Banner accused and took a dig at the Saudi regime, supporters of the multimillion-pound takeover, of murder, terrorism and beheading. Premier LeagueTesting of ‘bosses’ and directors.

However police said over the weekend they would inquire into the bloody image, which was intercepted by a group of Palace supporters, the Holmesdale Fanatics, during South London’s 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Human rights campaigners today hit out at the investigation, which was later dropped by Scotland Yard, saying criticism of the Saudi regime should not be seen as racist.

Others have warned that an investigation into such banners could “undermine” the fight against real racism in football.

Among those criticizing the investigation is Sundar Katwala, director of the racial equality think tank British Future.

They told Wire: ‘The police should be able to establish that there is nothing to investigate. This is a cartoon of a recognizable person.

‘This is a strong condemnation of the Saudi regime and the murder of a journalist and a criticism of the Saudi state. That is political speech.

Crystal Palace fan group Holmesdale fanatics attack Saudi-led owners of Newcastle

Directors Amanda Stavely and Mehrdad Ghodousi were both in attendance at Selhurst Park.

Directors Amanda Stavely and Mehrdad Ghodousi were both in attendance at Selhurst Park.

Newcastle hit back on its statement about fans wearing Arabic attire to match

Newcastle hit back on its statement about fans wearing Arabic attire to match

‘I don’t think criticism of the ruler of Saudi Arabia can be called racist abuse.

“It’s important to look out for racism and hate speech in football, but it undermines efforts to tackle it if police start calling things racist abuses that are part of free speech and political commentary.”

Meanwhile, Nicholas McGeehan, director of human rights consultancy Fairsquare, said: ‘The banner is the kind of biting political satire the UK can be proud of.

‘The Crystal Palace fans who made it deserve nothing but credit.

‘We must not repress our stringent rights and freedoms to placate the sentiments of the Saudi State or Newcastle fans who want to believe that criticism of Saudis’ human rights abuses is racist.’

McGeehan said, “This clearly attributes the abuses to the Saudi state, not Saudis in general.”

‘But if people satirize it in a constructive way that makes people feel bad, then the police have nothing to investigate.’

Police said they had received complaints that the mural was ‘offensive’. Croydon Metropolitan Police said, ‘Officers are investigating. ‘Allegations of racist abuse will be taken seriously.’

Holmesdale Fanatics, A diamond palace Fan groups condemned the recent takeover of Newcastle and displayed banners in the stands during the match between the two sides.

Palace and Newcastle draw 1–1 at Selhurst Park as the visitors earn their first Premier League The point of his new era, but it was far from the pitch where the most notable action took place.

The Saudi-led owners of Newcastle were the subject of protests from a section of Palace fans, who criticized the decision to allow the takeover of the Premier League by drawing attention to the actions of the Saudi regime.

The statement said: ‘The Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle has received widespread condemnation and anger. It is clear that the PIF is a front for the tyrannical ruling Saudi regime and by supporting it the Premier League has ridiculed the examination of its own ‘bosses and directors’.

‘The Premier League has chosen money over morality and the green light this deal trades with one of the world’s bloodiest and repressive regimes.

‘Countries governed by fear where women are second-class citizens, gay participation banned, journalists silenced, imprisoned or killed and ‘dissidents’ brutally persecuted, are now our national Getting a foothold in the game.

At a time when the Premier League is promoting women’s sports and inclusive initiatives such as the Rainbow Armband, giving the deal a ‘thumbs up’ reflects total hypocrisy in the sport and demonstrates the league’s soulless agenda where benefits are all affects.

Holmesdale fanatics criticize Premier League's 'total hypocrisy' for allowing takeover

Holmesdale fanatics criticize Premier League’s ‘total hypocrisy’ for allowing takeover

‘Newcastle, as a team, are now being used to clean the blood from the hands of a corrupt regime and confused supporters must reflect on that reality when singing the song of ‘getting your club back’.

‘We are fortunate to live in a country where we can display banners like this without any repercussions. Many people in Saudi Arabia want it to be given to them.

Earlier in the week, Newcastle urged fans not to wear Arabic attire in matches after hundreds of fans did the same at St James’s Park against Tottenham in the first match since the takeover.

This came when it emerged that Kick It Out was planning to meet Newcastle and to encourage them to ask fans not to wear tea towels over their heads as a way of persuading their new owners.

The club said: ‘Newcastle United are kindly asking supporters to refrain from wearing traditional Arabic clothing or Middle East-inspired head coverings at matches if they do not wear such attire.’

However, they have now backtracked on that in a new statement, suggesting that the club’s new owners see fans dress as a way to show a warm welcome and support.

“Fans who have celebrated by wearing culturally traditional clothing, including a head covering, have been a part of that welcome,” the club said.

‘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 for all.

‘To reiterate what we said earlier, neither the club nor its new owners were outraged by the apparel being worn, and appreciate the open statements of support and acceptance by our great fans.’