Because of the media interest.. a decision by the LGBT community...

A group of LGBT Newcastle United fans have pulled out of the Football Pride network, according to the newspaper.The Athletic“.

The withdrawal comes due to the increased media interest in this category of fans after the Saudi Public Investment Fund’s acquisition of the club.

Football Pride said in a statement that LGBT Newcastle fans have faced increased media attention since the (Saudi) acquisition of Newcastle FC due to questions raised about human rights (issues).

The statement added, “We are primarily volunteers and work towards inclusion in the sport because we love football. No fan should be excluded because of their gender identity or orientation. We will continue our work in this field and continue to raise issues Human rights in Saudi Arabia after the acquisition of Newcastle, or in Qatar regarding its hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

Last month, United with Pride, a group of LGBT Newcastle fans, faced criticism after issuing a statement welcoming the club’s takeover by the Saudi Investment Fund.

She said working with the club’s new owners could be “a positive impact on improving conditions for LGBT people in Saudi Arabia”.

Many Newcastle fans have welcomed the 305 million pound ($408 million) acquisition, tired of the perceived lack of ambition from former owner Mike Ashley in 14 years.

Speaking to the BBC today, Ian Pearson Brown of United We Pride said: “We knew there would be a lot of light and interest in our views from a human rights perspective.”

“Some people think that we as football fans should do something about human rights issues in Saudi Arabia because the new owner is from that country,” he added.

Saudi Arabia prohibits same-sex relationships and open LGBT activity. Under interpretation of Islamic law, a person convicted of same-sex relations may face the death penalty.

“One of the things that makes us really difficult to continue in business is not that our new owners are Saudis, it’s that whatever we do we will face a lot of abuse on social media,” Brown added.

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