Britain’s top cop against so-called “football hooligans” has issued a warning to English soccer fans heading to Russia for the World Cup international tournament; don’t bring you English flag.
Not only has Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, national lead officer of “football policing,” warned the upwards of 10,000 English fans heading to the Land of the Rus that the Cross of St. George could be seen as “imperialistic” and “antagonistic”.
As reported by Liam Deacon of Brietbart London;
Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts argued the St George’s Crosses were seen as the top trophies for rival fans and ultras, as well as appearing to link them to the history of the British Empire.
“I think people need to be really careful with flags. It can come across as almost imperialistic… and can cause antagonism,” he told The Times.
“We really urge some caution about people putting flags out and waving them about in public, there is a bit of risk when people draw attention to themselves and people need to be aware of that.