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Dactingyl
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Arsenal Ban National Team Flags

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"Arsenal as a club prides itself on being inclusive with respect to all nationalities, cultural and ethnic groups," read a club statement.

"We are asking that only Arsenal flags, without any national emblems, are displayed within the stadium."

Now I'd assume the would relax this rule should the Emirates Stadium hold an International game. I'm almost disappointed than no-one in the comments section has said "It's political correctness gone mad".

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Jay Tea
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Interesting.

I've known a few people over the years to complain about the atmosphere generated by certain sections of fans at London clubs, usually hardcore England fans who use the 'Three lions' to bait foreign players whom they deem have 'wronged' England.

Christiano Ronaldo is a case in point. He's been getting stick for his antics (at the World Cup) at away grounds this season, but at the Boleyn Ground this weekend he got abused by fans singing 'Ingerlund' songs and waving the flags - almost as if the fans want the player to know it's the whole country and not just the club that hate his guts [Roll Eyes]

Ronaldo loves it, hence in part United's (up till the weekend) peerless away record.

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Stupid, stupid, stupid.

It has been a long standing tradition of sports fans (at least in the UK) to plaster its team's initials/team name over the flag of whichever country of the UK they come from.

Do the Australian cricket authorities mind the hundreds of English flags on display at their cricket grounds?

(Blow it. Now I'm thinking about the Ashes again. Boo hoo!)

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Jay Tea
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I must admit, i'd like to know what flags were causing people to complain, but I wouldn't be surprised if it 'was' England flags in question here - I stopped going to 'Ingurland' matches a long time ago...

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Dactingyl
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Reading some of the comments it seems to be a reaction to specific incident relating to Turkish Cypriot issues although I can't find anymore about it.

It seems that rather than banning the specific flag that raised contention they've banned all nationalistic flags so as not to be singling out specific countries.

I have to say, it's not something I can see catching on. It's a very common sight to see a St George's flag with a various team name written across on the middle or sometimes the team's initials in each quarter. Will be interesting to see if they back down once the whole episode has blown over.

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Cold DecEmbra Brings The Sleet
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I remember union jack flags being relatively common (with the club's name stitched across the middle, and sometimes the location of the supporters club as well - you know, Man U - Guildford Lads hehe). St George's Cross flags were less common in my experience, but I haven't been to a match for ages (that's what you get for supporting an overpriced "glamour" club, sigh).

In Scotland, it's much rarer (in my recollection) to see a saltire or lion rampant with a team name added. Rangers or Hearts fans display the union jack, and Celtic and Hibs fans use the Irish tricolour.

Who's going to start a trend of bringing obscure national standards to Arsenal matches then, to see if the stewards are on their toes? Bhutan, anyone?

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Gydna
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Am I being cynical or might it have something to do with wanting to market the team around the world and not wanting them to be seen as too English?

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Dara bhur gCara
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quote:
Originally posted by Cold DecEmbra Brings The Sleet:
Who's going to start a trend of bringing obscure national standards to Arsenal matches then, to see if the stewards are on their toes? Bhutan, anyone?

It is at this point that I would like to point out that Bhutan has a new king, who took the throne on Sunday. His name is King Jigme Wangchuck.

Please continue with your scheduled thread.

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Jay Tea
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Nice flag, Bhutan.

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Archie2K
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For sheer simplicity, how about the flag of Libya?

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