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In reversal, English soccer team says fans ‘free’ to don Arab-style dress

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LONDON — Newcastle reversed a call for fans not to celebrate the soccer club’s Saudi-backed takeover in Arab-style dress on Saturday, claiming the craze had not caused offense.

Hundreds of supporters wore traditional robes and others donned headdresses at Newcastle’s first game under the club’s new owners at home to Tottenham last weekend.

The club responded on Wednesday by asking fans to “refrain” from doing so if they would “not ordinarily wear such attire.”

However, Newcastle issued a fresh statement on Saturday, saying the club’s new owners had taken no offense to the gesture of support.

“The new owners have been overwhelmed by the welcome of the local community, following the acquisition of the........

© The Times of Israel

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