Billy Cann was a season-ticket holder at Newcastle United for 35 years before he decided he’d had enough.

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Are some fans conflicted?

The Saudi bid, which has been led by financier Amanda Staveley and includes the billionaire Reuben brothers, is not short of money.

Yet not all Newcastle fans believe the takeover should come at any cost.

Norman Riley of the True Faith fanzine says some fans will feel "conflicted" by talk of a Saudi-financed takeover whatever the issues with Ashley.

Riley says he finds a lot of Saudi government policy "abhorrent" and would have to "re-assess his relationship with the club" if the deal goes through.

Those who have no issue often mention how Manchester City are backed by Abu Dhabi, which Amnesty also says is guilty of "sports-washing" their country's "deeply tarnished image" by pouring money into the Premier League champions.

It said the country "relies on exploited migrant labour and locks up peaceful critics and human rights defenders".

Others mention how Sheffield United are owned by Saudi Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who took full control from Kevin McCabe last year, although he has not been accused of anything similar to the Saudi government.

Lori, who is sat at the back of the Dog and Parrot with her family, can see both sides to the argument.

"Talk of Saudi human rights abuses might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but it does make you think when you look at it in more detail," she says.

"The fact it doesn't matter for most fans shows the level of animosity towards Ashley."

As kick-off for the Norwich game is approaching, Alex, a teacher and mother of one, explains how she is also "anti-Ashley" and keen on new investment.

But she also recognises some of the issues raised about Saudi Arabia, including rights for women and the LGBT community.

"It's a difficult one," she says. "But similar to what happened at Manchester City, if it brings more investment to the local economy and jobs then it's a positive.

"You also have to question our own government's record given recent wars in the world.

"I totally respect people's rights, but perhaps more links with our country might have a positive impact on their culture and society?"

Do most fans feel the same way as Newcastle's?

Wraith says that for many Newcastle supporters, the team's success would override any lingering doubts over the source of a potential Saudi investment.

"That's an issue for the Premier League or the authorities to work out, not for the fans on the terraces," he adds.

He also says supporters of other clubs would feel the same way, before referencing Manchester City and Sheffield United.

Choosing between Ashley and a Saudi-backed bid must seem a world away for fans of Norwich City, who are owned by former television chef Delia Smith and her partner Michael Wynn-Jones.

Newcastle are a club on a different scale to the Canaries, but it shows it is possible to have wealthy owners who do not cross any moral boundaries.

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