Arsenal stewards have won few friends in one corner of Lancashire this week, after a group of Blackburn Rovers fans revealed that their flag of St George, England’s national flag displayed prominently all over the nation and a source of much pride to many English people, was confiscated as being a ‘racist symbol’.
OK, the club's official response omits the "racist symbol"; but it's still a load of PC nonsense:
Dan Tolhurst, communications manager at Arsenal, said, “Arsenal as a club prides itself on being inclusive with respect to all nationalities, cultural and ethnic groups. We have therefore decided that in order for all of our fans to enjoy their experience at Emirates Stadium, we are asking that only flags without any national emblems are displayed within the stadium.”
Good luck with enforcing that one if you ever get drawn against Rangers or Celtic(or Dinamo Zagreb or Red Star Belgrade or any one of the Turkish clubs) in the Champions League.
Personally, I don't see the point of using national flags to display your club allegiance, but as long as there isn't anything racist or overly offensive (eg Linfield;)) written on it, I really can't see the problem.
Which reminds me, I wonder how those Dublin Rangers fans "behind enemy lines" are getting on in their struggle with their club's pathetic *security* chief?