Statement calls on fans to shun far-right group

icon racism25 February ~ NUFC Fans United, a network of Newcastle United supporters’ groups, are calling on their fellow fans to shun a rally in their city by the German far-right group Pegida on February 28. The anti-Islam rally is due to take place on the same day Newcastle host Aston Villa, and the supporters’ group are concerned that fans who are of Islamic faith or origin may be singled out for abuse by Pegida. Under the title Not In Our City, the statement read: “As Supporters of Newcastle United we are asking what kind of message is such a rally sending to players such as Papiss Cissé, Mehdi Abeid, Cheick Tioté and Moussa Sissoko as well as to our wider Muslim community.”

It goes on: “Please join us in ensuring that as strong a message as possible is sent out by the widest section of our Tyneside community as possible to say that this rally is unacceptable, uncalled for and not welcome on the streets of Newcastle. With the support of all like minded football supporters we hope we can all openly bring pressure to bear on the authorities and add to the pressure already being placed by other like minded groups to refuse this group the oxygen of publicity, not least because of the nature of its being but also because of the risk of conflict between football supporters on match day and those who wish to come to our city and besmirch its reputation.”

You can read the full NUFC Fans United statement here.

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