NEWCASTLE urged fans to STOP wearing Arab clothing “unless they normally wear such clothing” following backlash from anti-racist groups.
Some Toon supporters celebrated their recent Saudi-backed takeover by wearing tea towels for matches at St James’ Park.
The coup was met with heavy criticism from Kick It Out.
Newcastle have now begged fans to stop, calling it “culturally inappropriate”, while assuring them the new owners have not yet taken offense.
The club statement read: “Newcastle United kindly ask fans to refrain from wearing traditional Arab clothing or Middle Eastern inspired headgear at matches if they do not normally wear such clothing.
“A number of supporters recently attended St James’ Park wearing associated headgear and dresses, marking the club’s takeover by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media.
“No one from the new group of owners was offended by the dress of the fans who chose to celebrate in this manner.
“It was a gesture that was recognized as positive and welcoming in his intention.
“However, there remains the possibility that dressing in this way is culturally inappropriate and may offend others.
“All visitors to the club are, as always, encouraged to wear what is the norm for their own culture or religion, continuing to reflect the large and wealthy multicultural communities and groups that the club proudly supports.
“To learn more about Newcastle United’s own dedicated inclusion brand, please visit www.nufc.co.uk/unitedasone.”
Newcastle travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday, with their next home game a week later when they host Chelsea.
The new era at Tyneside did not get off to the best start as Steve Bruce saw his side slide to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Tottenham under fire.
Eddie Howe, 43, has now become a serious contender to replace Bruce in the St James’ Park seat.
The Magpies are currently 19th in the Premier League, having won none of their first eight games, losing five of them.
But the club’s new owners want them to challenge themselves with silverware in the near future and believe Howe is the right fit for the job.