The story behind the plane that flew over St James’ Park at Newcastle vs Arsenal

Ahead of every Premier League match on the weekend of King Charles III’s coronation, the freshly crowned head of England’s royal family was honoured with a rendition of the national anthem.

However, shortly before kick off between Newcastle United and Arsenal on Sunday, the spotlight was shifted onto a monarchy based 4,000 miles away but with long-reaching arms of influence.

At least that was the desired effect of the plane that flew across Sunday’s powder blue sky carrying the message: “Free all Saudi prisoners”.

Here’s everything you need to know about the politically-charged flyover…


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