I spoke for many Newcastle Central constituents & NUFC fans in condemning the horrific massacre of 81 people in #SaudiArabia. Fans have no control over the ownership of clubs, but the govt has control & influence on who it trades with. I asked how govt would use their influence.
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I am wearing the colours of my football team, Newcastle United, and it is important to say that in utterly condemning this atrocious, horrific massacre, I speak for many, many of my constituents and Newcastle United fans. Does the Minister agree that whereas football fans have no control over or influence in the ownership of their beloved clubs—especially in a premier league awash with dirty money—the UK Government have both control over and influence in who they trade with and engage with? The Minister has said what she is not going to do, but what is she going to do with that control and influence? Is she going to make it absolutely clear that sportswashing is not an option?