December 1, 2022
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Croydon Police investigate “offensive banner” displayed by Crystal Palace fans

Croydon Police are investigating a report of an offensive banner displayed by Crystal Palace fans during a match involving Crystal Palace and Newcastle United on Saturday.

At the Premier League match in Selhurst Park in London where both teams drew 1-1, some Crystal Palace fans unfurled a banner taking aim at Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who heads the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), the consortium that was allowed by the English Premier League to purchase a majority 80% stake in Newcastle as part of a £305 million ($420 million) takeover deal.

The banner in question contained a cartoon image about to behead a Newcastle United magpie as faceless fans sang “We’ve got our club back” in the background. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters was depicted with his thumbs up to a big bag of money.

Croydon Police in a Twitter statement said it takes allegations of racial abuse “very seriously.”

Bin Salman has been accused of complicity in the brutal murder of the Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. In October of that year Khashoggi had visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and disappeared. For two weeks the Saudi government headed by Bin Salman denied the journalist ever visited the consulate despite evidence provided by surveillance cameras and Turkish police. Finally after global outcry the Saudi government admitted on October 20 that Khashoggi was killed in a fight in the consulate.

Source: AFP RT BBC

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