Newcastle United has urged supporters not to wear traditional Arabic apparel or Middle-East styled head coverings to games if they would not normally do so.

Following clearance by the English Premier League, the club was bought over by a combination of PIF, PCP Capital Partners, and RB Sports & Media a few days ago.

Since the Saudi-led takeover, many fans have shown up at St James’ Park dressed in traditional Arabic garb, which Newcastle has embraced. 

However, the gesture may be disrespectful to others, according to a statement posted on the club’s website on Wednesday.

It read in part, “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.”

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