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Newcastle in talks to host Saudi Arabia match at St James’ Park

Newcastle United are in talks to host a friendly match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico at St James’ Park during the September international break, according to Daily Mail.

This development comes as the Saudi-funded club aims to strengthen its ties with both nations’ football federations.

The possibility of a friendly encounter between Saudi Arabia and Mexico on September 7 has sparked plenty of debate among football fans.

The talks stem from Newcastle’s association with the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF), who now own the club.

The fixture would mark a historic occasion if the talks prove successful. It would be the first time a Saudi Arabia match has been staged at St James’ Park. 

This milestone would undoubtedly contribute to the growing connection between Newcastle and Saudi Arabia.

Mexico are scheduled to face South Korea in England on September 12. The friendly game at Newcastle would make sense for them.

However, the English Football Association (FA) must grant permission for the friendly to be played.

This requirement is consistent with the condition imposed on the PIF’s takeover of Newcastle in 2021.

The terms stipulated that direct control of the club should not be in the hands of the Saudi state.

The news of potential international fixtures at St James’ Park has added to the buzz surrounding Newcastle. 

Their fans eagerly await confirmation regarding this opportunity to witness international football on their home turf.

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