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Football Fans Are BANNED From Displaying St George's Cross At A Match In Case It Upsets Rival Welsh Supporters

Nov 09, 2017

Football fans were left outraged after they were banned from displaying the St George's flag at a game because it would 'antogonise' Welsh away fans.

Hundreds of loyal Bristol City fans paid £500 for red and white cardboard squares to hold up in the form of the St George's Cross before kick off on Saturday.

But after the club realised it was the English flag they were aiming for and not a Remembrance poppy - the club vetoed the display over fears it would 'antagonise' Cardiff City supporters.

The display was planned and funded by Section 82, a Bristol City fan group.

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Bristol City FC fans were banned from forming a St George's flag with red and white cardboard squares when they arrived at Ashton Gate on Saturday

The managing director of Ashton Gate Stadium, Mark Kelly, said: 'I'm personally very disappointed by the events surrounding the attempted display for the game against Cardiff City on Saturday.

'The stadium was asked originally by S82 if there would be any objection to providing red and white square[s] on cardboard to present in the South Stand before kick-off, just ahead of the minute's silence for Remembrance.

'Ashton Gate's head of security allowed late access to the stadium on Friday evening for the group to distribute the red and white cards.

'At this time, we expected to see a pattern of a red poppy on a white background, or something similar.

'However, it became apparent that what was actually being laid out was a St George's Cross.

'After dialogue with Ashton Gate's head of security, the EFL [English Football League] and Avon and Somerset Police, all were agreed that positioning the St George's Cross directly opposite the Wales fans, ahead of the minute's silence, had the potential to be deeply antagonistic.

'There was dialogue on Friday evening and Saturday morning between Ashton Gate, S82 and the SC&T to try and come to an agreement of using the display to just be a mosaic of red and white cards, rather than a formal St George’s Cross, however S82 refused.