Newcastle takeover: No police action on Crystal Palace fans' banner

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The banner was waved by Crystal Palace fans on Saturday during the 1-1 draw at Newcastle United.

Police have ruled out any further action after Crystal Palace supporters displayed a banner that targeted the Saudi Arabian-led takeover at Newcastle United.

After Newcastle's recent sale for 305m, the banner targeted the Premier League's ownership tests.

It was shown during Saturday's 1-1 draw between Palace and Newcastle.

"After an assessment officers have concluded there have not been any offences," Croydon police external link said.

"No further actions will be taken."

The banner showed images of a man in traditional Arabic clothes and Richard Masters, the chief executive of Premier League.

The banner contained a list of alleged offenses by the Saudi Arabian regime.

Under the headline "Premier League Owners' Test", were listed the following: "Terrorism and beheading, civil rights violations, murder, censorship, persecution".

A sword with blood was also held by the Arab-style man.

Holmesdale Fanatics, a Palace fan group, claimed credit for the banner on Twitter and issued a statement.

It stated that the Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle had been widely condemned and angered.

"To give the thumbs-up to this deal when the Premier League promotes the women's sport and inclusive initiatives like rainbow armbands is hypocritical and shows the league's soulless agenda, where profits trump everything."

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) funded 80% of the takeover, whose chair was Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Premier League approved the takeover after it stated that it had been given legal assurances by the new owners that Newcastle United would not be controlled by Saudi Arabia. If it were proven otherwise, it would face penalties.

According to the statement of the fans group, this decision "made a mockery of" the 'Owners & Directors' test.