Newcastle fans urged to ditch Saudi Arabia’s ‘disguises’ with Kick It Out planning talks with the club to prevent fans from wearing tea towels in tribute to the new owners … and the FA is also concerned by gesture
- Newcastle supporters recently donned homemade hairstyles
- The move is a misguided celebration of the Saudi-led club’s new ownership
- Equality and inclusion group Kick it Out wants Magpies to educate fans
Kick It Out is planning talks with Newcastle to discourage fans from wearing tea towels during a misguided celebration of the club’s new Saudi owners.
Thousands of supporters donned homemade hairstyles for the Public Investment Fund’s first match against Tottenham at St James Park on Sunday, creating a spectacle that has dismayed Kick It Out and influential FA figures.
Kick It Out spent Monday collating reports of anti-discrimination behavior from weekend fixtures as they do every Monday, and is waiting to find out if there have been any specific complaints of incidents in Newcastle before contact the club.
Kick It Out scheduled talks with Newcastle regarding fans wearing tea towel headdresses
Magpies supporters made a gesture to celebrate the new Saudi-ruled property
Sportsmail has learned that the equality and inclusion group is likely to offer educational workshops in Newcastle for fans to explain how wearing tea towels in an attempt to impersonate Arabs could be seen as racist, offensive or callous to culture.
Senior FA officials are also affected by the situation, and may get involved if it is not addressed by the club.
The sight of many members of the Toon Army wearing tea towels was particularly shocking as it took place during the Premier League’s No Room for Racism campaign, which will run over the next fifteen weeks, with fans being asked to challenge and to report any incidents of discrimination.
The equality and inclusion group wants the club to educate fans on how it can offend
The issue of cultural appropriation has become a major talking point in British sport this season.
Premiership Rugby Club Wasps called for a nationwide ban on the wearing of Native American headdresses by Exeter Chiefs fans earlier this month.
Exeter refuses to give up the Chiefs nickname despite major US franchises in the process of rebranding, including the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Indians.