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Following the fallout from the takeover, Newcastle’s LGBT+ fan group has left the Pride in Football network.

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United with Pride, Newcastle United’s LGBT fan group, has left the Pride in Football network following the Magpies’ £300 million takeover by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund. Despite passing the Premier League’s club ownership test, the Tyneside club has been slammed for the Saudi-backed takeover due to the country’s current attitude toward LGBT+ rights.

In Saudi Arabia, same-sex relationships are illegal, and those caught doing so face severe penalties. United with Pride has decided to leave the network, according to a statement released by Pride in Football via The Athletic. “LGBT+ fan groups have faced increased media attention since the takeover of Newcastle United due to questions raised around human rights,” the statement reads.

United with Pride, a Newcastle fan group, has a sizable Pride in Football network

“As we stated at the time, we have serious concerns about the governance of the game and the suitability of the tests for club owners and directors.” “It’s also worth noting for those unfamiliar with our groups that we are primarily volunteers who work on inclusion within the sport because we love football.”

“No football fan should be discriminated against because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.”

Jonjo Shelvey wears a rainbow armband during Newcastle United’s Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion

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