A Newcastle United away kit for next season has been ‘leaked’ online.
Earlier in the week we saw pictures emerge of a potential home and away shirt. They’re relatively nice – the home kit is certainly better than this year’s effort.
The only thing to note was the lack of sponsor on each shirt, suggesting a new sponsorship deal is on the way.
It’s exciting to see leaked pictures of the new kits, but this one is very controversial…
‘Leaked’ Newcastle away kit looks a lot like Saudi Arabia
As you can see below, the away jersey is a white shirt, with green trim and badges.
Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t be an issue. However, it is the exact same colour scheme as the one donned by Saudi Arabia’s national team.
Of course, 80% of the Magpies is owned by PIF, the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia. Their involvement nearly stopped the takeover going through, until assurances were provided that KSA would not be involved in the running of the club.
So designing an away kit that looks just like a Saudi Arabia shirt is hardly a good look, is it?
This isn’t the first time Newcastle have had a green and white away kit. We had one in 1999. But we weren’t owned by the Saudis back then…
Newcastle set themselves up for a PR nightmare with new away kit
The Daily Mail have since reported that the away kit will indeed be green and white. The report states that it will likely drive shirt sales in Saudi Arabia. But who’s idea was it?
According to the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, the colour scheme was Castore’s idea, and it’s been signed off by someone at the club.
When Castore became our kit provider, they did promise bespoke kits. However, this isn’t quite what we had in mind.
Newcastle United have set themselves up for a PR disaster with this new away kit. Our ties to Saudi Arabia is already incredibly controversial, and this will only shine a brighter light on the issue.
If it wasn’t for our links to Saudi Arabia, it’s actually a decent away kit. However, those links cannot be ignored.