Newcastle and Saudi Arabia: Will the English club really adopt a shirt in the colors of the Kingdom’s national team?

Leaked photos that allegedly show new shirts for English club Newcastle have sparked a heated controversy that has resonated with Arab countries, while human rights activists have criticized the “Saudi money”. What is the story of those shirts and what is Saudi Arabia’s relationship with them?

photo released, Daniel Chesterton / offside

Last October, the Saudi Public Investment Fund announced the purchase of English club Newcastle United, following a long battle during which the Kingdom knocked on various doors in the world of football.

The Newcastle purchase agreement at the time was greeted with anger by a number of human rights organizations, as some saw it as an “attempt to politically polish Saudi Arabia’s image.”

Newcastle Reserve “Saudi”?

It appears that the controversy over Saudi Arabia’s acquisition of one of the major English Premier League clubs will not end any time soon.

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