Ant and Dec be a part of Newcastle followers at St James’ Park for first match after £300m takeover

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Newcastle United followers are paying tribute to the membership’s new Saudi homeowners by overlaying their heads in dish cloths following the membership’s takeover – however activists are additionally protesting exterior the staff’s grounds over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.   

Scores of followers have been seen to be in excessive spirits with many sporting outfits referencing the Premier League’s richest homeowners following the £300million takeover. 

Some have been seen sporting black and white striped robes and Newcastle United scarves overlaying their heads. 

However earlier than the 4.30pm kick off in opposition to Tottenham, protesters have been noticed exterior the 52,000-seater St James’ Park stadium amid robust opposition to the takeover over Saudi human rights abuses and the killing of journalist Mr Khashoggi in 2018.   

van was noticed driving across the floor with a picture of Khashoggi and Mohammed bin Salman – the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. The message on the aspect automobile learn: ‘Jamal Khashoggi… Murdered 2.10.18’

A fan of Newcastle United wearing traditional Saudi head dress and draped in a Saudi Arabia flag following the ownership takeover by a the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund

A fan of Newcastle United sporting conventional Saudi head costume and draped in a Saudi Arabia flag following the possession takeover by a the Saudi Arabia Public Funding Fund

Fans of Newcastle outside the stadium before the English Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur

Followers of Newcastle exterior the stadium earlier than the English Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur

TV stars And and Dec were among the thousands of Newcastle United supporters cheering on the Toon Army as they ushered in a new era under Saudi ownership

TV stars And and Dec have been among the many hundreds of Newcastle United supporters cheering on the Toon Military as they ushered in a brand new period underneath Saudi possession

A Newcastle fan is pictured above as opinion remains divided on whether the Saudi takeover of the club will be beneficial

A Newcastle fan is pictured above as opinion stays divided on whether or not the Saudi takeover of the membership shall be useful 

Twitter account @NUFCLC uploaded an image of fans with the caption 'No idea who he is but he said UP THE NEWCASTLE'

Twitter account @NUFCLC uploaded a picture of followers with the caption ‘No concept who he’s however he stated UP THE NEWCASTLE’ 

Newcastle United chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan with part owner Amanda Staveley in the stands before the match

Newcastle United chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan with half proprietor Amanda Staveley within the stands earlier than the match

Fans head to St Jame's Park football stadium ahead of their game against Tottenham Hotspur and their first game after Newcastle United's takeover on October 17

Followers head to St Jame’s Park soccer stadium forward of their recreation in opposition to Tottenham Hotspur and their first recreation after Newcastle United’s takeover on October 17

There was robust opposition because the £300million takeover as a result of human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. 

A van was noticed driving across the floor with a picture of Khashoggi and Mohammed bin Salman – the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

The message on the aspect automobile learn: ‘Jamal Khashoggi… Murdered 2.10.18’.      

Newcastle is launching a brand new period amid accusations that the membership’s seize by a consortium wherein Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund has an 80 per cent stake is a ‘sportswashing’ train designed to deflect consideration from the Center East nation’s human rights file regardless of assurances of separation between PIF and the state.

Amnesty Worldwide UK’s CEO Sacha Deshmukh stated company: ‘Regardless of the outcome on Sunday, we want Newcastle followers and their staff effectively, however we stay deeply involved about how our soccer golf equipment are getting used for sportswashing.

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‘Soccer golf equipment being bought for the aim of making an attempt to distract from critical human rights violations isn’t confined to Newcastle, and sportswashing isn’t confined to soccer – however the Saudi takeover has clearly introduced the problem of human rights and soccer governance into sharp aid.

Newcastle United fans head to St James' Park football stadium ahead of the match against Tottenham Hotspur and the first game following the club's takeover on October 17, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle United followers head to St James’ Park soccer stadium forward of the match in opposition to Tottenham Hotspur and the primary recreation following the membership’s takeover on October 17, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne

A Saudi Arabian-backed £300m takeover of Newcastle United has been completed after the Premier League approved a takeover after receiving assurances that the Saudi state would not control the club

A Saudi Arabian-backed £300m takeover of Newcastle United has been accomplished after the Premier League accredited a takeover after receiving assurances that the Saudi state wouldn’t management the membership

Fans of Newcastle United celebrate their side's first goal scored by Callum Wilson of Newcastle United

Followers of Newcastle United have a good time their aspect’s first objective scored by Callum Wilson of Newcastle United

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On social media, the view of the takeover was much less enthusiastic, with some users blasting the 'appalling human rights record' of Saudi Arabia

On social media, the view of the takeover was a lot much less enthusiastic, with some customers blasting the ‘appalling human rights file’ of Saudi Arabia

‘Regardless of assurances a few supposed separation from the Saudi state, possession of St James’ Park is now very a lot about picture administration for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his authorities.’

Requested if he was to stay in put up how snug he could be with these human rights points, Bruce stated: ‘Look, so far as I’m involved, I’m certain individuals will look into that. That’s for politicians and all the remainder of it to determine on that.

Premier League match between Newcastle and Tottenham is halted whereas medics assist carry out CPR on fan who collapsed within the stand 

Newcastle United fans attract the attention of the officials to a medical emergency in the stands

Newcastle United followers entice the eye of the officers to a medical emergency within the stands

The Premier League match between Newcastle and Tottenham was paused and gamers left the sphere after a supporter required medical remedy on Sunday.

It was Tottenham participant Eric Dier who was alert to the emergency and indicated a defibrillator was required. 

The gamers initially waited by the aspect of the St. James’ Park pitch earlier than leaving for the dressing room.

Seven minutes stoppage time had been indicated.

‘There’s a medical emergency within the East Stand,’ the stadium announcer stated earlier than later telling the gang: ‘The gamers shall be popping out to renew the primary half. 

‘There are 7 minutes left to play’

‘It’s an awesome factor for the membership of Newcastle and for me, town too. I’ve seen the transformation in Manchester – not only for the soccer membership, however for town too – and I hope for the realm and for the individuals and the supporters that there are thrilling instances forward.’

Steve Bruce is taking cost of his 1,000th recreation as a supervisor because the Magpies host Tottenham, however is broadly anticipated to get replaced following the takeover of the membership.

Bruce took cost of his boyhood membership in 2019, however was given little alternative to refresh the squad underneath former proprietor Mike Ashley, whereas additionally taking a lot of the blame for a scarcity of progress on the pitch.

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‘It’s been robust,’ Alex Bruce advised BBC Radio 5 Stay’s Soccer Day by day Podcast.

‘I wouldn’t sit right here and lie and say it hasn’t, it’s been actually robust to observe the criticism.

‘Since he took the job, I feel the shortage of respect that has been proven, contemplating he’s finished 1,000 video games, has been unbelievable.’

A Saudi Arabian-backed group accomplished their takeover of the membership on October 7, sparking speedy hypothesis Bruce – who has guided Newcastle to Thirteenth and Twelfth-placed finishes – would get replaced after a winless begin to the marketing campaign.

Hyperlinks with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, ex-Chelsea supervisor Frank Lampard and former Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre proceed, however Bruce stays in put up for now.

Regardless of being a boyhood fan himself, Bruce has by no means been a well-liked appointment among the many St James’ Park devoted, with Alex Bruce saying his father had at all times confronted an uphill battle.

‘He knew that was going to be the case from the day he took the job,’ he stated.

‘He had an proprietor who was making an attempt to promote the membership, he had an proprietor who didn’t actually wish to put any cash of his personal into the membership for numerous causes, he might solely use the cash that the membership generated and with the pandemic there wasn’t any cash there.

‘He tried to strengthen the squad within the final window. They desperately wanted reinforcements in defensive areas, I feel he was very pissed off he couldn’t try this, so there’s been numerous issues which have made the job troublesome.

‘He has been the autumn man. The quantity of instances I’ve stated to him, ‘Why don’t you let another person do the press?’ And he simply says, ‘As a result of I’m the supervisor, it’s my accountability’.’

Alex Bruce argued that his father’s file in contrast pretty effectively alongside Rafa Benitez’s achievement of tenth and Thirteenth-placed finishes, questioning why the 2 males are regarded otherwise.

‘Dad’s completed spherical about related and but one’s been lauded as a messiah and the opposite one’s been battered because the second he walked within the door, which has been essentially the most troublesome factor for me to observe as a result of he’s a Geordie,’ he stated. 

How murderous Saudi regime linked to Newcastle United lured in critic Jamal Khashoggi earlier than hit squad chopped him up inside Istanbul consulate and dumped physique components in suitcases

Last moments: Khashoggi was last seen on October 2, 2018, entering the consulate in Istanbul where he was accosted and killed by alleged Saudi agents

Final moments: Khashoggi was final seen on October 2, 2018, getting into the consulate in Istanbul the place he was accosted and killed by alleged Saudi brokers 

Jamal Khashoggi made his fateful journey to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.

He had gone to the consulate to select up paperwork regarding his upcoming marriage, however as soon as inside he was confronted and killed by Saudi operatives.

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Khashoggi had as soon as been near the Saudi royal household however earlier than his loss of life had written vital items within the Washington Publish about Mohammed bin Salman and his insurance policies. Varied worldwide businesses would later accuse the prince of ordering the homicide.

The crown prince got here underneath worldwide suspicion over Khashoggi’s loss of life and a UN investigator’s report in 2019 stated there was credible proof of his involvement.

Khashoggi’s killers described him as ‘an animal to be sacrificed’ in secret recordings taken contained in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul minutes earlier than he died.

A full transcript of the recordings, revealed in 2019, reveals how Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, deputy chief of the hit-squad despatched to silence Khashoggi, an Dr. Salah Muhammed Al-Tubaigy, who minimize up his physique, talked concerning the killing beforehand.

Khashoggi is advised to write down his son a textual content message saying to not fear if he can’t be contacted, in an obvious try to cowl the hit-squad’s tracks. 

Within the transcript Mutreb talks about stuffing Khashoggi’s physique right into a bag, however Al-Tubaigy says he’s too heavy and tall, so should be minimize up and put into suitcases.

The transcript then reveals Khashoggi’s remaining dialog with the 2 males and an unnamed confederate, earlier than he’s drugged and has a plastic bag put over his head.

‘I’ve bronchial asthma. Don’t do it, you’ll suffocate me,’ are Khashoggi’s remaining phrases earlier than the sounds of a battle and his physique being dismembered are heard. 

The audio was captured by Turkey’s Nationwide Intelligence Organisation on microphones hidden contained in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. 

Saudi Arabia has admitted Khashoggi’s killing was a premeditated act carried out by authorities brokers, however stated they have been ‘rogue parts’ who acted with out official authorisation.  

To this present day, no hint of his physique has been recovered.

In a bombshell report in June 2019, UN particular rapporteur Agnes Callamard argued there may be ‘credible proof’ linking Khashoggi’s loss of life and makes an attempt to cowl it as much as Prince Bin Salman.

The report concluded that the homicide of Khashoggi ‘constituted an extrajudicial killing for which the State of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is accountable.’

She discovered Saudi Arabia had taken solely ‘timid steps’ in the direction of addressing its accountability by means of prosecution and reparations.

The report additionally discovered that Saudi Arabia’s closed-door trial of 11 unidentified suspects didn’t meet world requirements and must be stopped.



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