There are many Sunderland supporters who consider the Saudi Arabia PIF-led acquisition of Newcastle United to be the worst thing that has ever happened in their lives.
No, since this wouldn’t suggest that Newcastle United would suddenly become ambitious again after Mike Ashley’s reign lasted almost 15 years.
Instead, many residents of Sunderland have spoken out against the NUFC acquisition, citing concerns about human rights as the main reason.
People have argued that because of Saudi Arabia’s poor human rights record, the PIF should not be allowed to buy a football team in England.
In addition, these Sunderland supporters said that Newcastle United fans were just as terrible as the people responsible for the human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia if they continued to actively support their team.
Sunderland supporters have gone even farther, claiming they would boycott all next games and organise protests to drive groups like the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) away from the club.
That has nothing to do with the likelihood of Newcastle United’s success thanks to the Saudi Arabia PIF’s involvement on the team, but it’s still a commendable stand to adopt.
An official Sunderland statement (below) was made on Thursday, October 27, 2022, indicating that the team will be taking a warm-weather holiday during the World Cup.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the final destination.
This is from Wikipedia’s entry on the United Arab Emirates:
Citizens who criticise the government are imprisoned and tortured, families are harassed by the state security apparatus, and there are examples of forced disappearances, according to human rights organisations such as Amnesty International, Freedom House, and Human Rights Watch.
Also strongly restricted are people’s rights to peacefully assemble, associate, speak out, and practise their faith.
In addition to the above, the fact that Saudi Arabia is a component of the coalition participating in the war in Yemen was a major source of criticism from Sunderland supporters against their local rival followers. Along with Saudi Arabia and others, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a member of the coalition fighting in Yemen.
Now that the club has shown its support for a government that routinely violates human rights, like the United Arab Emirates (UAE), it’s hard to see many people showing up to future Sunderland games.
What was already great just became better…
Sunderland’s club made an additional formal statement on their warm-weather trip today (Wednesday, 16 November 2022).
Sunderland AFC’s forthcoming trip to the United Arab Emirates includes a friendly matchup against Al-Shabab Football Club.
Before facing Millwall at Wearside on December 3 in the Sky Bet Championship, Tony Mowbray’s squad will spend the next week practising in Dubai.
On Friday, November 25 at 17:00 GST (13:00 GMT), Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence will host the match against Al-Shabab, who are presently in first place in the SPL.
It is in the Saudi capital of Riyadh that Al-Shabab Football Club calls home.
located… in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
In fact, Al Shabab are the top team in Saudi Arabia’s premier division before the World Cup break.
I can’t wait to see the contortions of Sunderland supporters as they try to justify why it’s not the same as / not as terrible as the situation at Newcastle United.
You must have strong convictions about human rights and morality, or you wouldn’t be here.
You wouldn’t want to be exposed as hypocrites if you went to the trouble of publicly condemning people for doing something as simple as continuing to support their football team, would you?
The following was released by Sunderland on October 27, 2022:
In November, Sunderland’s first team will go to Florida for a winter training camp.
There will be a three-week break in the Sky Bet Championship after the Lads’ Friday night away match against Birmingham City due to the FIFA World Cup.
During that time, Mowbray and the rest of the senior team will jet out to the United Arab Emirates for a weeklong warm-weather training camp in Dubai.
After a strong start to life in the second division, the vacation will help the team get ready for the hectic holiday season and give everyone a chance to connect.
The head coach revealed that after the Birmingham game, the players will get a week off to spend time with their loved ones and unwind before heading to Dubai for a training camp.
Even though we’ll be putting in a lot of training time after being promoted, the team will have plenty of downtime to celebrate their success.
He elaborated, saying, “It’s incredibly vital to create connections, particularly the men who joined us six to eight weeks ago, and the journey enables us to do that 24 hours a day.
Benefits beyond that include the possible return of important players like Aji, Alese, Dan Ballard, Lynden Gooch, and Ross Stewart to full health.
After the trip, we’ll practise for a full week in front of our December 1 match against Millwall, which will serve as the season’s restart.
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