Newcastle United fans protesting against Saudi’s takeover receive death threats from online trolls and bots


Newcastle United fans protesting against Saudi’s takeover receive death threats from online trolls and bots

Newcastle fans celebrate after their team scored a goal.

Newcastle fans are currently protesting the Saudi ownership as they are receiving threats from trolls online. The members of NUFC Fans Against Sportswashing are even receiving threats of abuse from Newcastle fans on social media. These trolls included anonymous accounts that were created in the past two months with one or zero followers representing them as bot accounts.

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The Members of NUFC Fans Against Sportswashing have been described as racist, are insulted, and are threatened with physical abuse and the fans are planning to protest against the club’s Saudi ownership as they have been threatened and abused by social media accounts that are linked to Saudi Arabia.

Some media experts are saying that these trolls and abuses are the activity of the social media accounts linked to an ‘army’ of professional trolls that are currently based on an operation carried out in Riyad. John Hird, the founder of the NUFC Fans Against Sportswashing has also shown pictures of some of the offending social media posts and Twitter accounts.

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What did John Hird, the founder of the NUFC Fans Against Sportswashing have to say about the incident?

Newcastle owner Mohammed Bin Salman.

John Hird has been targeted as the bot accounts are sharing his photographs from his various social media accounts to ruin his reputation status as a Newcastle fan. He said, “Some of them have taken photos of me and say I live in Spain etc. They praise the Saudi owners and say we and the campaign are definitely Sunderland fans.”

He added, “As we warned would happen, it’s not just the case of NUFC fans sitting on the fence. The worrying aspect of the ongoing Saudi ownership of the club is that not only have they managed to neutralize the majority of fans regarding their human rights abuses, but they’ve also managed to get a minority of fans to actually defend them and speak up for them. That’s why we have to protest.”

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