Newcastle’s home game against Tottenham sells out following Saudi-led takeover, with empty seats of the Mike Ashley era eradicated as THOUSANDS of fans are left queuing online to get in for St James’ Park clash
- The Saudi takeover of Newcastle United was confirmed on Thursday evening
- The confirmation led to a rush of fans trying to get hold of tickets for matches
- There were queues for season tickets online as thousands searched for a seat
Newcastle have sold out their home fixture against Tottenham on October 17 – the first match at St James’ Park following confirmation of the club’s takeover.
The club released a statement on Friday morning confirming that all seats had now been swiped up, with only a handful of hospitality seats left for sale. It is the first time they have sold out a match this season.
There was also a surge in demand for season tickets, too, with thousands of fans queuing online to secure their seat for the new era.
Newcastle United fans have sold out their home clash with Tottenham Hotspur on October 17
The takeover of Newcastle was confirmed on Thursday evening, when a announcement from the Premier League confirmed that the Saudi-backed consortium had passed the Owners and Directors Test, leading to the completion of the deal.
That news was greeted by celebrations outside the ground, as thousands of supporters gathered to usher in the new era, and wave goodbye to the end of Mike Ashley’s unpopular reign.
And some of those fans will now be inside the ground along with the new owners to see the team make their first footings on the pitch in the new era on Sunday October 17.
Supporters have been joined by current and former players in expressing their excitement at the takeover, with Isaac Hayden joining the likes of Rob Lee, Shay Given and Warren Barton in tweeting about the deal.
The new owners have also reached out to club idols Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan about returning to the club in ambassadorial capacities.
It is the first home game for the North East club since confirmation of a takeover came through
However, Shearer has also advised fans that they should be willing to be educated when it comes to concerns raised about the ethical matters surrounding the deal.
Much has been said about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, and the club’s former striker said it was important fans listened to concerns.
‘We owe it to ourselves and the wider world to listen to the evidence about human rights abuses in Saudi, to educate ourselves and know what we’re getting into,’ he wrote in his column for The Athletic.
‘Football puts us in difficult positions. And it can make hypocrites of us, too. We hate that tough-tackling bastard who plays for another team right until the moment he signs for us and then he becomes our bastard.
‘It seems to me that ethical issues have not played a huge part in Newcastle’s takeover. Should they be a fundamental strand of the owners’ and directors’ test? Perhaps they should and perhaps the whole system of governance and ownership needs reform to reflect that.’
A consortium, headed by Amanda Staveley, has bought the Premier League club for £305m
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