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Jobsworths destroy Irons ‘Nazi’ banners

West-Ham-flagIrons 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.


About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

One comment on “Jobsworths destroy Irons ‘Nazi’ banners

  1. I better be careful when I walk around then,
    God knows what will happen in Some holiday resorts and bars where are colours are on show 24/7

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