Fans divided on controversial strip after Newcastle confirm new third kit for 2022-23 campaign

Football fans have laid into Newcastle’s controversial third kit after the club announced the strip was available to purchase online. 

The kit – which was leaked online earlier this year – features the traditional colours of Saudi Arabia, whose Public Investment Fund owns 80 per cent of the club.

Fans are divided about the strip as some believe the use of the Saudi national team’s colours provide ‘clear evidence’ of ‘sportswashing’ while others claim it is the ‘nicest third kit’ they have seen. 

Fans have taken to social media to share their opinion on Newcastle’s third kit (pictured above)

Newcastle’s third strip was leaked in May and received cricistism due to its striking resemblance to the green and white of the Saudi national team. 

Many called for the Magpies to ‘rethink’ their kit but chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan – who is also governor of Saudi’s Public Investment Fund – signed off on the design. 

As a result, Newcastle have officially announced that the kit is available online to be purchased online ahead of the 2022-2023 campaign. 

A club statement read: ‘Newcastle United has launched its official 2022/23 Castore third kit ahead of the new Premier League season. Closely following the unveiling of its classic black and white home kit for the new campaign, the club has revealed a white and green third kit, designed by the premium British sportswear brand, that will be worn on the road.

The kit features the traditional green and white colours of the Gulf state, whose Public Investment Fund owns 80 per cent of the club

Newcastle have announced that the kit is available to purchase online ahead of next season

‘The Magpies’ kits are expertly crafted with Castore’s blend of high-stretch fabrics, offering an outstanding fit and freedom of movement for players and supporters alike. The ‘Pro’ edition, worn by the players, features a range of technological advancements, with exceptional materials and laser-cut ventilation to enhance performance on the pitch. All adult shirts will feature Newcastle United’s primary sponsor, FUN88, across the chest.’

Fans were quick to react to the news and took to social media to share their opinions on the controversial kit. 

Some supporters shared their concerns over the design – claiming they ‘can’t get on board’ with integrating the Saudi colours into Newcastle’s brand. 

While some fans praised the strip and said that they would be purchasing a replicate shirt immediately as they thought it was ‘absolute fire’.   

Those against the strip said: ‘I hate this, and I’m a huge Newcastle fan. I just can’t get on board with integrating Saudi into our brand and identity.’

Another added: ‘Now, considering the fact that Newcastle fans are very proud about their history, you would have thought that they wouldn’t be too happy about this? There was some concern they’d go for a Saudi green and white third kit, and so it has transpired. Totally sold their souls.’

One Newcastle supporter wrote: ‘Not sure I’m on board with the third kit. Looks okay but the whole thing is just…also the map of Newcastle looks like dirty marks and I won’t hear otherwise.’ 

While an Amnesty International spokesperson previously said: ‘If it is true that Newcastle United are changing their away kit to match Saudi Arabia’s national colours, it exposes the power of the Saudi dollar and the kingdom’s determination to sportswash its brutal, blood-soaked human-rights record.

‘Despite their assurances of a separation between the Saudi owners and the club, this seems like clear evidence of the regime using Newcastle to portray a positive image. 

‘Everyone – from fans to champions – needs to resist being part of Saudi Arabia’s propaganda drive, be aware of what is going on there and speak out about the government’s abuses. Sport must not be allowed to be used like this.’

Another fan agreed with the above comments by taking to social media to refer to the new kit – which was designed by Castore – as: ‘The fully sportswashed edition’. 

Others found the funny side of the situation and joked: ‘They bought Newcastle and went ahead to introduce their National flag colours into the new kit. MBS IS A LEGEND’. 

Some fans said they liked the kit, with one supporter Tweeting: ‘Only thing that spoils it is the bright yellow noon sponsor but I’ll be buying it nevertheless’. 

Another added: ‘Love this like. Up there with one of the nicest 3rd kits. Don’t care what anyone says about the colours but I think it’s quality.’ 

One fan wrote: ‘All controversy aside, it is objectively a fire kit’, while another agreed by saying: ‘Newcastle flexing now. Can’t lie, da kit is still decent’. 

Alex Hurst, host of the True Faith podcast, previously said: ‘This was to be expected and I don’t have an issue with it. If they changed the home shirt, that would be different.

‘But it would be hypocritical of me to welcome the money they spent on the team in January and then criticise when they want to make a change kit with links to their own country.’

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