Where to put this - sport or politics? Is the Saudi takeover of Newcastle a new low for English football? Is there nobody whose money is too dirty and or steeped in blood that we won't take because it's going to make 'our club' great again?
I wish Roy was around, I would love to hear his opinion.
Says it all, well done Palace fans.
Stonings and beheadings at half time?
Khashoggi family to be given season tickets?
Our club's always been great. Always will be. 'Dirty' money has been here a long time - it's built towns, provided jobs - doesn't make it any more palatable.
Most folk up here are just glad to see the back of Ashley. Rest assured, Geordies will make their voices heard on the matter. I'm very interested in seeing how this pans out - especially the stance made by Amnesty as I was a member for many years.
I would rather another deal had been made. Leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.
Extract from a very good article by Barney Ronay in today's Guardian
'Welcome to English football 2021, a place where nobody is really clean. From the first stirrings of the Deep Thatcherite model, to the Scudamore globalism years, to laundromat finances, hidden investors, blood money at three removes, the Premier League hasn’t just thrown its moral compass overboard. It never actually brought one on deck in the first place.'
Football has certainly been on a slippery slope for a long time now and maybe the Saudi lot are no worse than the others.
I watched Fever Pitch, The Rise of the Premier League recently and there was quite a bit about Jack Walker and Blackburn. I guess he was the last of the 'local lad made good' chairmen who actually cared about the club.
Its a sad state of affairs but there's no turning the clock back now.
I think "sports washing" is the term for this sort of carry on?
I don't know if it's "new", Man City, Chelsea, PSG.....etc.
I think football's been going down the moral toilet for years.
I've listened to various different Toon fans' views on this specific topic, fair to say they're torn.
At the moment the fans are just relieved collectively to see the back of Ashley and are dreaming of previously unimagined investment and success.
Some fans will walk away, some fans will justify it by indulging in "whataboutery" pointing at the clubs I mentioned earlier.
I understand tunnel vision when it comes to supporting your club.
It's a Faustian Pact I'm glad I'll (probably) never be called on to adjudicate at my club.