The fact that Newcastle United have turned to a combination they have not preferred until now raises concerns that the Gulf regime is using sports as a campaign tool in England.
Newcastle United was sold last October for £300m to a consortium led by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.
The jerseys of the island team, which are claimed to belong to the next season, have leaked to the media and the Saudi Arabian detail draws attention.
Photos allegedly belonging to the away jerseys that Newcastle United will wear in the 2022/23 season have leaked to the media.
In the images, it is seen that the jersey is in green and white colors. These colors match those of Saudi Arabia and are a combination the Premier League team has never chosen before.
What was said?
Speaking to The Guardian, Amnesty International’s Felix Jakens expressed his concerns:
“If it is true that Newcastle United will use the Saudi Arabian national colors in the away kit, we can see the power of Saudi money and the determination to clean up the kingdom’s brutal human rights record with the sport.”
“Despite all assurances that there is a separation between the Saudi owners and the club, this is clear evidence that the regime is using Newcastle to display a positive image.”
What was said?
Following the sale, the Premier League’s statement was assured that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would not be able to control Newcastle United:
“The Premier League has received legally binding assurances that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not control Newcastle United Football Club.”