Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Newcastle chief says Saudi Arabia trip a ‘football decision’

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Newcastle United is set to head to Saudi Arabia after their Premier league game against Leeds on Saturday, amid sustained concerns that the football team is being used to “sportswash” the kingdom’s human rights record. The trip has been touted by manager Eddie Howe as a “football decision for the benefit of the players”. “There will be no distraction from my side, it’s about the training and the players and being focused on the next game. We are just doing it in a different environment to bring players together,” said Howe, who was appointed by the club’s new owners in November. “The facilitie…

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