Palace fans’ brandish banner criticising Newcastle’s Saudi Arabian new owners.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed they are investigating a banner unveiled by Crystal Palace fans before the club’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle.

On Saturday, in the Holmesdale End at Selhurst Park, a group attempted to highlight the human rights issues in Saudi Arabia and criticised the Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test

The move from the fans comes after the Premier League gave the go-ahead for a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s state sovereign wealth fund (Public Investment Fund) to take control of Newcastle earlier this month.

A post from the official Croydon Metropolitan Police Twitter account read: “On Saturday 23 October police received a report of an offensive banner displayed by Crystal Palace fans.

“Officers are assessing the information and carrying out enquiries. Any allegations of racist abuse will be taken very seriously.”

The London club’s supporters group, Holmesdale Fanatics, released a statement not long after the banner had been unveiled before the match with Newcastle got under way.

“The Saudi led takeover of Newcastle has rightly received widespread condemnation and anger,” it read.

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