Mackem Daft Releases The North East vs. The Middle East Shirt for upcoming Derby

Popular Sunderland themed merchandising store Mackem Daft has taken a swipe at Newcastle United with its newest shirt designs.

Making a name play on the popular brand “The North Face” the shirts are sloganed “The North East vs. The Middle East” in contrasting red and green colours.

The green of course is a reference to Saudi Arabia, and criticism of the club’s ownership who have been accused of using Newcastle United as part of a process known as “sportswashing”, that is seeking political legitimation of authoritarianism through football.