Following a complaint about the unveiling of a banner by Crystal Palace supporters in their Premier League clash with Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on Saturday, police assessed the concerns and have confirmed that they will be taking no further action.
The banner criticised the Premier League’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test in light of the recent takeover of the Tyneside club by a Saudi consortium.
A large sheet depicted caricatures including a man in traditional Arab dress holding a sword covered in blood, a mock-checklist of the Owners’ and Directors’ Test, a bag of money and the letters “P.I.F” written on the man’s clothes.
The banner also showed a magpie, seemingly representing Newcastle, whose nickname is the Magpies.
A member of the public made a complaint to police following the game, with a statement from Croydon MPS saying “On Saturday 23 October police received a report of an offensive banner displayed by Crystal Palace fans. Officers are assessing the information and carrying out enquiries. Any allegations of racist abuse will be taken very seriously.”
However, Croydon MPS confirmed on Monday that, following an assessment, they would be taking no further action.
UPDATE: On Saturday, a member of the public contacted us to raise concerns about a banner displayed at the Crystal Palace vs Newcastle match at Selhurst Park.
Following an assessment, officers have concluded that no offences have been committed. No further action will be taken.
— Croydon MPS (@MPSCroydon) October 25, 2021
The match ended in a 1-1 draw, with a spectacular Callum Wilson overhead kick cancelling out Christian Benteke’s opener for the home side.
Newcastle are currently searching for a new manager following the recent departure of Steve Bruce.