8 Sep 2023

Football fans protest ‘sportswashing’ Saudi Arabia friendlies at Newcastle United

The Great North Run this weekend will draw 60 thousand runners to the streets of Tyneside and a TV audience of millions. But there’s another international sporting fixture in Newcastle tonight that’s proving much more controversial.

Saudi Arabia is playing Costa Rica in the first of two international football friendlies at St James’s Park, the home of Newcastle United. And the choice of venue has angered some of the team’s fans.