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Newcastle United slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League – and the German team’s famous fanbase had their own eye-catching message for their Premier League opponents.
The Magpies now sit bottom of the Group of Death after a second successive European defeat as goals from German stars Niclas Fullkrug and Julian Brandt were enough to sink Eddie Howe’s side. Newcastle lost both matches to Dortmund, while AC Milan defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the other match of the group.
But a banner unveiling the iconic Yellow Wall especially for Newcastle’s controversial owners proved just as powerful as BVB’s display, proving the gulf between England’s fan culture and that of North Rhine-Westphalia.
“You don’t care about the sport. All you care about is money!” read the banner that hung over the stands during the match. Debris such as tennis balls and pieces of cardboard were also strewn on the field by fans The black and yellow showing their disapproval of Newcastle’s owners in the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund acquired a majority stake in the Tyneside club in the autumn of 2021, pouring money into a side previously neglected by retail magnate and former Toon owner Mike Ashley. Since then, Newcastle has survived relegation, reached a League Cup final and now qualified for the Champions League under Howe, with big stars like Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier and former Dortmund striker Alexander Isak pushing their way into the North East to join to join the revolution. .
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However, Newcastle ownership has been criticized by fans for sportswashing, with some believing the Magpies are merely a vehicle for Saudi propaganda. Ownership rules in Germany, meanwhile, stipulate that fans must own at least 50 percent of a club, according to the 50 plus one rule.
German football fans are no strangers to sharing powerful messages through banners. This is also not the first time this year that a Bundesliga team has targeted the ownership model of a Premier League team.
In last season’s Champions League, Bayern Munich fans took a banner to Manchester City that read: “Glazers, Sheikh Mansour, all autocrats away! Football belongs to the people.”
A large section of Manchester City fans responded to the banner by chanting Sheikh Mansour’s name.
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