A poster protesting the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was visible outside St James’ Park today.
The message on the poster featured a photo of Khashoggi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman before the Newcastle-Tottenham game kicked off.
It is the first game since the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), of which Salman is chairman, finalized the club’s £ 305million buyout.
While there has been a lot of glee on the part of Premier League fans as it means they now have the richest landlords in the world, concerns have been expressed about ties to the Saudi state.
The poster was there to recall the murder of journalist Khashoggi.
The US-based journalist and Saudi government critic was assassinated in 2018 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Western intelligence agencies believe the crown prince ordered his assassination – charges he has denied.
The Saudi state has been criticized for its human rights violations and the Premier League’s decision to allow the takeover has been condemned by Amnesty International.
The Premier League approved the takeover after receiving “legally binding assurances” that the Saudi state would not control the club.
Banner organizer Blair McDougall posted on social media his intention to protest before and during Newcastle’s game against Tottenham.
There are also plans to rent a more permanent space near the ground to continue displaying a poster of Jamal Khashoggi.