Irons fans following England had their flags confiscated in Alicante after Spanish officials mistook the crossed hammers emblem as a Nazi symbol.
The Mirror reports angry scenes erupted as stewards and officials took down the white and red flags of St George emblazoned with the crossed hammers crest and West Ham United.
The fans explained to stewards that the sign was their club crest and tried to prevent them being taken down.
But local organisers at Spain’s game with England claimed in their view that the emblem was a Nazi-supporting banner, contravened regulations and was not allowed to be displayed. FA security officials at the game tried to defuse the dispute, explaining the flags had absolutely no Nazi connotations.
But even they were ignored by the Spanish authorities, who took the flags after a stand-off.
At the end of the game the fans were told their flags were being destroyed.