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An alternative Newcastle fans protest v Arsenal

3 months ago
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I am one of those lifelong Newcastle fans (I’ve always been confused when people say “I’ve been a fan since….”, for me I was ALWAYS a Newcastle United fan) who occasionally looks in on forums like The Mag.

I am very aware of the vast collection of views expressed on this site for a total boycott, in order to protest against Ashley and his running (down) of our club and the very real danger of pitting fan against fan, as feelings intensify.

Now let’s be realistic.

There are going to be fans who want to go to watch their team.

There will not be a total boycott of SJP.

So how about an alternative protest for those who do attend

Picture this.

Newcastle v Arsenal on Sky Sports.

Cameras pan around a half empty stadium.

Then on 13 minutes, regardless of the score, regardless of what is happening on the pitch, no matter if there is a corner or a penalty, a goal or a VAR decision, the entire home crowd turn their backs to the pitch and stand in silence for two minutes.

Okay, Arsenal fans might sing (though if we tell them what we are doing – and point out Ashley’s Spurs roots – we might get their support) but for large parts Sky Sports viewers around the world, will be able to hear players and managers shouting and little else.

A powerful metaphor for the silence we suffer from our owner and from the Premier League (who seem not to care that a club is being asset stripped in front of their eyes).

Please, before you just type “boycott or nothing”…try and consider this as an alternative – or additional – way of protesting for all fans, whether they choose to attend or not.

It would mean ALL Newcastle fans get to protest in their own way, without turning fan on fan.

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