The Metropolitan Police have ended their investigation into a group of Crystal Palace fans who protested the recent takeover of Newcastle United by a Saudi Arabian wealth fund.

Ahead of a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park between CPFC and Newcastle, a group of palace fans displayed a banner that accused the Saudi wealth fund PIF behind the take over of links to various human rights abuses.

On Monday (October 25), Met Police in Croydon confirmed they would take no further action in the investigation and said they believed "no crimes were committed".

In a tweet announcing the update, a spokesperson for Met Police Croydon wrote: "On Saturday, a member of the public contacted us to raise concerns about a banner displayed at the Crystal Palace vs Newcastle match at Selhurst Park.

"Following an assessment, officers have concluded that no offences have been committed. No further action will be taken."

The banner featured cartoon depictions of Newcastle's magpie mascot and someone closely resembling Saudi Arabian Drown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman brandishing a bloody sword.

Another man in a suit was also depicted standing in a pool of blood and surrounded by money, while a checklist detailing human rights abuses linked with the Saudi Arabian regime, including "terrorism", "beheadings", "civil rights abuses" and "censorship" also featured.

The decision was seemingly met by approval from many Palace fans, with Twitter users commenting on the post expressing their support at the "correct" decision.

The banner was previously defended by Sunder Katwala, director of racial equality think tank British Future.

"It's a robust condemnation of the Saudi regime and the murder of a journalist and a criticism of the Saudi state. That's political speech. I don't think a criticism of the ruler of Saudi Arabia can be said to be racist abuse," he told The Telegraph previously.

The government of Saudi Arabia, a monarchy that is closely allied with Western states including the US and UK, continues to be criticised for a number of human rights abuses within and outside of its territory.

Human Rights Watch described "longstanding human rights abuses" in a recent report on the situation inside the nation, while the Saudi military have been accused of war crimes against civilians in the ongoing war in Yemen.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was meanwhile linked by US intelligence services with the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul in 2018.