Simon Jordan has criticized Newcastle United’s lack of tact over apparently leaked images of the club’s new green and white shirt.
The away shirt, leaked by the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph, suggests kit suppliers Castore appear to have opted for a design that resembles the Saudi Arabia national team shirt.
The design comes just months after the club’s controversial £305m takeover by the state’s Public Investment Fund.
Although the shirt design has not been confirmed by the club, the move has not gone down well with Simon Jordan.
Speaking on White and Jordan, he said: “There’s no tact behind it. There’s no idea that’s not what it is.
“It’s a mock up of Saudi Arabia’s kit – well, that’s pretty darn close, isn’t it?
“I guarantee this kit would never, ever have been made if the ownership model wasn’t the ownership model it is.
“The fact that the ownership model is Saudi, the fact that it is owned by a nation state, the fact that the kit is as close to the Saudi national team as possible are just coincidences, right? not?”
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“If that’s true and it’s not some made-up, divisive individual creating a look that will never manifest, then not only do they own a football club that they shouldn’t have owned in the first place at my opinion, they’ I’m saying now ‘we’re going to do what everyone was afraid of’.
“We’re going to build on that, we’re going to make sure we carry on our values and we’re playing in a Saudi kit while Newcastle play 19 games a season, which is broadcast around the world. That’s precisely what they’re doing. wanted and for which they bought the football club.
Jordan added: “They didn’t buy this football club because they love Newcastle.
“They bought it for a regime, a ratification, a soft influence on the way these countries work.
“The argument that it’s not a nation-state; the nation-state is not a problem. There are no Premier League rules that say you can’t belong to a nation state.
“The reason the Premier League put up this smokescreen over ‘we want state separation’ is because they knew this one was going to be difficult because of the rights record of the man.
“They hid behind it and made it into something it wasn’t.
“Then they say they got the separation; how the hell did you get the separation? The fund belongs to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia!
And despite the backlash against the kit, Newcastle have no intention of making any changes.
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