By Frank McAvennie

24th Oct, 2021 | 2:00pm

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Frank McAvennie can’t understand why Newcastle fans are being targeted with abuse regarding their club’s recent takeover.

The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims protests against the takeover are “pointless”.

On Saturday, Croydon MPS stated they are investigating a banner that was unfurled in the Crystal Palace end before their side’s match against Newcastle.

The banner listed various alleged Saudi human rights abuses and criticised Premier League chief Richard Masters.

Newcastle’s Saudi-backed takeover has received widespread condemnation and has even led to a Premier League rule change regarding sponsorship deals.

McAvennie doesn’t understand why Newcastle are being treated differently to Man City and Chelsea compared to when their respective takeovers went through.

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“Any kinds of protest are pointless,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“What are the Premier League going to do? Just say ‘oh well sorry we made a mistake and you can’t own the club anymore’?

“I don’t think so. It’s done. It’s over. Live with it. Things have changed now and that’s fine.

“Where was all of this when City and Chelsea were taken over. Sure, there were objections.

“These clubs need to take a look at themselves.

“But this time there are law changes and protests and whatever. I just don’t get that.

“What’s done is done. It’s also not fair on the fans, what are they supposed to do about it?”

Newcastle failed to win in the Premier League at the ninth time of asking on Saturday.

Callum Wilson’s incredible overhead kick levelled the scores after Christian Benteke’s opener.

In other news, Newcastle have been tipped to make four “easy” signings in January.