Kieran Maguire slams 'neanderthals' and calls out Newcastle 'hypocrisy' after their PR reveal
Newcastle United are guilty of “hypocrisy” in their attitude towards homosexuality in football.
That is the view of finance boffin Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Magpies’ controversial new owners.
The club posted a Twitter tribute on 27 October to Josh Cavallo, the Adelaide United footballer who recently came out as gay.
Commentators were quick to highlight that this was seemingly at odds with the principles of the Saudi state and Public Investment Fund.
Homosexuality is illegal in Saudi Arabia and punishable with flogging or the death penalty.
The Premier League found that there was no link between the Saudi state and the PIF, but groups such as Amnesty International say otherwise.
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Maguire pointed out the double standard but also insisted that everyone should support the cause.
“Newcastle United can support whichever causes it sees fit,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“But there does appear to be some hypocrisy with the position on sexuality in Saudi Arabia.
“But if the club’s PR department feels it’s an appropriate thing to do, then that’s what they’ve chosen to do.
“Everyone should be in support of this. Sadly, there are too many neanderthals among many football fanbases.
“From Newcastle’s perspective, they are damnded if they do and damned if they don’t.
“This is a not so subtle vehicle for trying to say the club is independent from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a state.”