Newcastle United official statement – Clarifies dress code for fans
On Wednesday afternoon, Newcastle United made an official announcement / request for fans not to get dressed up ‘Arabic’ style for matches, unless that is indeed their usual attire.
Steve Bruce’s final defeat on Sunday had seen the new NUFC owners in the stands, watching on as hundreds of Newcastle United fans had ‘dressed up’ for the occasion.
None of the Newcastle United owners were offended themselves BUT they asked supporters to refrain from wearing similar stuff in the future, as other people might get offended.
I thought this was one where the new NUFC owners couldn’t really win either way, with some people / campaign groups calling for supporters not to do it as it could / would cause offence. Whilst Newcastle United fans no doubt more split as to whether it was just having a laugh, or looked a bit naff / embarrassing.
Anyway, Saturday afternoon saw Newcastle United release a follow up official statement, which appears to be a complete u-turn on the original guidance…
Newcastle United official club statement – 23 October 2021:
‘Newcastle United FC would like to clarify guidance issued on Wednesday, 20th October regarding matchday attire.
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 United official announcement – 20 October 2021:
‘Newcastle United is kindly asking supporters to refrain from wearing traditional Arabic clothing or Middle East-inspired head coverings at matches if they would not ordinarily wear such attire.
A number of supporters have recently attended St. James’ Park wearing associated head coverings and robes, marking the takeover of the club by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media.
No-one among the new ownership group was in any way offended by the attire of the fans who chose to celebrate in this way. It was a gesture that was acknowledged as positive and welcoming in its intent.
However, there remains the possibility that dressing this way is culturally inappropriate and risks causing offence to others. All visitors to the club are, as always, encouraged to wear whatever is the norm for their own culture or religion, continuing to reflect the broad and rich multicultural communities and groups from which the club proudly draws its support.
To find out more about Newcastle United’s own dedicated inclusion brand, please visit www.nufc.co.uk/unitedasone.’
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