Have police really banned wearing England tops?


by Sunny Hundal    
9:07 pm - May 18th 2010

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A bizarre rumour has kicked off on Facebook (thanks @gjcsouthsea for this).

Hundreds of people are copying and pasting this on to their Facebook status:

Police are going round all pubs and club saying we cant wear our england tops and we have to take our england flags down, as its offending people that arnt from england! Now im NOT racist… but this is taking the piss.. This is england and we need to make a stand!! Would you remove your turban if it offended me? NO! we need to stick together, repost this as your status and make your stand!

You can see people posting this on Facebook via OpenBook.org.

Is there any truth to this?

Searching various websites and news stories, I came to this Sun story in April: ENGLAND shirts could be BANNED at pubs screening live World Cup matches.

Apparently the Met police sent a letter to some pubs in Croydon with “guidance” notes.

Among World Cup guidance, it suggests “dress code restrictions – eg no football shirts”.

It also urges using plastic glasses and door staff. Pubs are not obliged to follow the advice, but it warns: “Police will not hesitate to use powers under the Licensing Act should we find you are not actively supporting the prevention of crime.”

This is all reported in the Sun story, but it is still titled ‘Police are trying to ban’ football shirts when that clearly isn’t the case.

It is however true that the Licensing Act gives police too much power to shut down local events. I made the same case when the Met used the Licensing Act’s Form 696 to stop black and Asian music live events across London.

Anyway, the point is that the story is bogus. There was no ban on wearing these tops whatsoever.

And yet it’s now become an urban myth travelling across Facebook at frightening speed.

Look, I have a brother who wears a turban and I have friends who wear hijabs – I’ve never once heard anyone ask for a ban on wearing England tops. I have a turbaned mate who wears England tops himself!

If you want to blame anyone, blame the police for abusing their powers.

Update: The police now deny that England tops were ever banned. A complete made-up story by the tabloids.

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I wouldn’t have believed you if it wasn’t for the OpenBook link. What a joke.

This is blow back. The police shouldn’t be going around threatening to shut private businesses.

Just another example of why it is a mistake for politicians to keep giving the police more power.

They always abuse that power.

My ‘friends’ have been joining such groups for ages. But to be honest, most people wearing England shirts are usually the type to have shaved heads and start fights in pubs. The shirts are unattractive and I instantly think ‘hooligan’ whenever I see one.

Croydon has a particular problem with violence and disorder after major football matches. The police need to be v careful to manage the stuation well.

6. Shatterface

‘My ‘friends’ have been joining such groups for ages. But to be honest, most people wearing England shirts are usually the type to have shaved heads and start fights in pubs. The shirts are unattractive and I instantly think ‘hooligan’ whenever I see one.’

That’s just a crass stereotype.

I don’t wear England tops as I don’t give a toss about sport but the idea that people who like different things than I do and dress accordingly are violent thugs is ridiculous.

The police are acting out of the same irrational fear that Nikki is.

Plenty of pubs ban football colours. And work clothes. But that’s alright, innit?

8. Paul Fitchett

Found this article on it from the landlord’s trade mag/newspaper
http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/news.ma/ViewArticle?R=86588

as suspected, and suggested up there ^, it’s nothing more than a suggestion from the police to avoid the violence Croydon saw in 2004. And seems to be welcomed by the pub landlords

Really it ain’t the polices faults, it’s the government police simply enforce laws they do not make them!

“Really it ain’t the polices faults, it’s the government police simply enforce laws they do not make them!”

They sometimes request that they be made though. But you can see where the uninteded consequences lead. The fact that the police have more powers means that it is harder for them to work with pubs in a genuinely co-operative manner.

So – you write an article which even quotes a Metropolitan police letter which “suggests” to pubs – while waving the police’s power of life and death over their business – that they might like to ban football shirts and then you insist that they have done nothing of the sort.

They’ve tried to ban football shirts. Do read your own sources.

Chris@11

They ‘tried’ = they wrote a letter suggesting it? If only I had tried to get into Oxford!

I’m sure you’re not actually mental, and this is just a slip. Take more care in future, yeah?

I suggest you try not to be so personally offensive. And learn to read.

14. Yurrzem!

@12 Gwyn

Wilfully missing the point, hey? If you wrote your letter to a Uni asking to be admitted who would have the control over the situation? Have a guess, its 50:50 you’ll get it right.

If the police requested a licensing authority to ban a licensee following a failure to follow guidelines in letters as described there is a strong possibility they would lose their license.

Did the licensees ask to police to make this recommendation? Would it work, as opposed to banning certain individuals from licensed premises? In what parts of the country is this policy being used? It seems pretty silly on the evidence provided, but I get the impression we’re not getting the whole story.

As someone points out above, lots of pubs already ban football shirts. I doubt this is because they are offensive to foreigners.

@4 Glad to see some predjudices never change.

Personally I dont think this is the fault of the police, but bigots like Nikki using it to their advantage to flame hatred and ignorance.

““dress code restrictions – eg no football shirts”.”

These have been standard restrictions in some pubs and most clubs for decades, particulaly in the 70s and 80s for reasons even sun readers should be able to figure out. In the same way several pubs now ask people not to wear caps, tracksuits or burburry.

I suspect the police have a standard guide for pubs which includes suggestions about dress codes, including this one, and thus the sun have basically gone digging for a story and taken the guidance out of context.

And frankly the libertarians on here should no better, pubs that have a reputation for violence harm innocents in the surrounding area – its thus legitimate for the police to have a say in the security of such establishments.

If a pub is showing world cup matches, and promoting that fact with England flags on the outsde of the pub and notices telling of the matches they are showing, then the police should keep their noses out of what people are wearing.

It is England and it’s the national team playing, so there should be nothing to worry about if people are wearing England shirts.
It’s different to pubs not wanting club colours worn, as that could be more contentious when you get fans from different clubs inside.

Having extra security and plastic glasses is fine, and if people are getting out of order then they should be ‘stewarded’ like at a football match ….. but the idea of the police giving advice to landlords as to what there customers might wear is an offensive one.

Come on England.

“they should be ’stewarded’ like at a football match”

A role which often involves the police.

My ‘friends’ have been joining such groups for ages. But to be honest, most people wearing England shirts are usually the type to have shaved heads and start fights in pubs. The shirts are unattractive and I instantly think ‘hooligan’ whenever I see one.

Whoever made the above statement is very narrow minded as i have a shaved head i Do wear an england shirt yet you wont see me causing trouble in pubs nor will i be part of any drunken behavour as i dont drink. Completely tee total. You are pigeon holeing people. Just because you have your head shaved doesnt mean you are a hooligan.

I will be wearing my shirt with pride.

“but the idea of the police giving advice to landlords as to what there customers might wear is an offensive one.”

I’m sure the police are very sorry that you are offended.

22. CitizenSpork

If you think the reposting in status fields is bad you should check out the group about it “F**K THE BAN ON SHIRTS” or words to that effect, this has now somehow morphed into an issue about not offending immigrants and is full of “if they don’t like it they can fuck off back where they came from” comments. People are even talking about bans on xmas and how burkas and turbans are more offensive than football shirts, I swear the internet makes me die a little bit inside each day.

Also, @Nikki, I wear football shirts and have a shaved head but have never started a fight in a pub, or anywhere for that matter, your comment is unfair, and unwarrented.

23. Watchman

So, we might be able to say that police are leaning on pubs (perhaps accidently) to ban football shirt wearing inside in some areas, and pubs may feel obliged to respond as the police have influence in the licensing decision process.

But this is clearly about drunken trouble, whilst the Facebook page cited seems to suggest it is about avoiding offence to others (quite who these are is not stated, although the turban reference might suggest Sikhs (who often are seen wearing football colours round here) or perhaps, if we don’t credit the originator with much intelligence (which fits with their misunderstanding of facts) Muslims (also often seen in football colours round here…). To be charitable, this is some idiot who believes the Political Corectness memes getting the wrong end of the stick. My fear is that it is meant to stir up trouble, and that it is trying to create an us and them divide between football fans (of the strip-wearing variety) and those that the writer does not like. Either way, it is nonsense in the way the original message is meant.

24. George W Potter
25. mark dunford

This is just the police targeting known trouble pubs about stocking plastic glasses instead of real glass ones. It seems, as usual, this has morphed into a bit of immigrant bashing nonsense. Are we sure the BNP didn’t start this rumour?

26. Shatterface

There are two sets of villains in this story: a police force which views drinkers – and particularly working-class drinkers – with fear and contempt and reporters trying to turn this into an issue about ‘bloody foreigners’.

It’s like a school banning the Nativity out of fear it will attract paedos and the press claiming it was to avoid offending Muslims.

Rational human beings are being trapped between two decending buttocks of stupidity.

27. Shatterface

Oh, and the sensation of plastic ‘glasses’ on your lips will make the finest beer taste like the Devil’s arse gravy.

I apologize if this offends some.

I’m not a racist person. I have several friends from other countries and if anything – I despise racism. But, if ANYBODY even DARED to ask me to take off my England top, I would happily flat them out. I don’t care if I get my arse kicked in the process.

If people are so bothered about us wearing ENGLAND tops in, uh, ENGLAND, then why don’t they fuck off home? Little things like this really do annoy me. I’m sorry, but I’m going out tomorrow and buying English flags for all windows of my home and a new English shirt.

Anybody who had even half a brain would agree with me here. This is pathetic.

29. Matt Munro

@ 4 “My ‘friends’ have been joining such groups for ages. But to be honest, most people wearing England shirts are usually the type to have shaved heads and start fights in pubs. The shirts are unattractive and I instantly think ‘hooligan’ whenever I see one.”

The true voice of the “liberal” middle classes. Football fans just are the most frightful oiks aren’t they ? Unfortunately a lot of people think like you, including some of the police. Would you be happy to make such a generalised statement about any other group ?

30. Matt Munro

@ 23 “So, we might be able to say that police are leaning on pubs (perhaps accidently) to ban football shirt wearing inside in some areas, and pubs may feel obliged to respond as the police have influence in the licensing decision process.”

But that’s the whole point. If the landlord feels that football shirts = trouble, it is for him/her to ban them, it has nothing to do with the police, whose job is to deal with the trouble, nothing more. I thought this sort of nonsense was going to go out with Gordo.

31. Citizen Spork

@30

This is more likely the Police offering “goodwill advice” to publicans of steps to reduce the likelihood of violence, the measures are so standard they could be straight from a LA guidance note to licensees.

Yet more groups have started, yet more people are joining in droves declaring they will rush out to the shops tomorrow to buy England shirts and flags, maybe this is all a big conspiracy by some shady flag making conglomerate to shift the left overs from St George’s Day, which we all know was banned.

Anybody who had even half a brain would agree with me here. This is pathetic.

Anyone with half a brain would be able to read the article.

Well most people that arnt english dont go in the pubs anyway so whats it matter if we wear our tops or not !!!!

Its Such a joke it unreal

I’m confused – why do people still take Facebook, Twitter, et al. to be some kind of bell-weather of current affairs and public opinion?

Because it’s really, really not.

Still, this kind of thing is easier to observe spreading than the various e-mailed chain letters, scams, etc that are occasionally as based on real events as this particular episode.

Maybe Snopes needs to open up a social networking section – not that most people ever checked that for emails, anyway.

35. Charlieman

Sunny H, OP: “I have a turbaned mate who wears England tops himself!”

I was at a wedding a couple of years ago where I observed that one of the male guests was wearing a yarmulke carrying the colours of his favoured club. Which, contrary to expectations, was Arsenal.

Returning to Sunny’s point about a turbaned mate. If I’m talking with a Sikh guy wearing a turban, I cannot judge superficially whether he wears it because of religious observance or as a political/social statement. If there is a political motivation, there might be a discreet badge that I would not understand.

Similarly, a lad in England colours may not be making any statement beyond their support for the England football team.

“But to be honest, most people wearing England shirts are usually the type to have shaved heads and start fights in pubs. ”

I haven’t a shaved head and support Scotland; but I always enjoy a good pint and a fight on a Saturday night.

Nikki.. with all due respect your veis is a ridiculous stereotype, i am a female 20 year old, who wears england shirts.. i am not a hooligan nor have a i ever been branded one. such groups are ridiculous but if all people are tarred with the same brush how is anyone going to get a break?

38. Ged Forrest

During the election before last, the BNP were trying to tell the people of Oldham that the reason there were no longer Owls (the civic symbol) on the bollards for the city square, was because they had been removed because they offended Muslims. The man from the council interviewed on Nedwsnight stated that it had nothing to do with Islam, it was because it saved the council about 10 grand to have new bollards minus the owl. It has ever been thus, when investigated virtually all of the “Loony Left ” stories propagated by the right wing media in the 80s were proven to be fabricated.

niki you wrote – My ‘friends’ have been joining such groups for ages. But to be honest, most people wearing England shirts are usually the type to have shaved heads and start fights in pubs. The shirts are unattractive and I instantly think ‘hooligan’ whenever I see one

that is so un-true!!! nearly everyone in england wears an england top, doesnt make them thugs!!! its for supporting the football team for our country!!!

people like you annoy me!! your judging people saying they are thugs by how they look!!! how would you like it if i looked at you and said you look like a slag!!

Do you know, I’ve seen postings on Facebook that say that a double-decker bus has been found on the moon and that Elvis Presley is still alive and worst of all that Barack Obahma is related to Osama bin Laden!!

Police don’t make the rules, they just enforce them.

hope its true,the issue here is NOT!!! to wear england tops and NOT!!! to hoist flags,because it is justified for immigrants to upset with their erstwhile rulers

Neil @ 19

“they should be ’stewarded’ like at a football match”

A role which often involves the police.

Indeed …… but I have reservations about this ”Yellow Card – Red Card” initiative from the police.

Anyone barred from a pub will get a yellow card, forcing them to leave the area for 24 hours.

If they try to enter another bar, they are red-carded and face up to six months in jail or a £2,500 fine.

http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/news.ma/ViewArticle?R=86588

You say the start of this moronic issue was a Sun headline. You then describe how the message traversed Facebook in at an alarming rate, no issues there.

However, your article ends on a complete u-turn blaming the police for “abuse of powers”. So ultimately a bogus headline created by a national paper and the propagation of such nonsense is the police’s fault. That is how this reads.

The police enforce the law of the land, they don’t make it. If you want to get annoyed at someone for the state of the law divert your anger towards the people who make it, not enforce it.

its discrimanation against football suporters its stupi pubs wont turn business away can they aford to they need a boost this isnt what they need

I’l remove my England shirt when everyone in England speaks our language removes there stupid head dresses and the damn letter boxes stop moving about.Im fucking WHITE BRITISH born n fucking bread and untill these fucking immigrants remove there head dresses and learn to fking speak ENGLISH il remove fk all of my ENGLAND shirt/flags and even then i wont remove them coz im proud to be fking English

Ahhh ‘joe’, your expletives are certainly ridding you of a hooligan stereotype.

I think we should all listen to what joe has to say.

48. Matt Munro

Anyone else understand the bit about letter boxes ?

fuck the pubs/fuck the police/ fuck the politicians and fuck anybody that wants to be offended – get to the supermarket/get cheap beer and watch it from the sofa with y’re mates …simples …

50. kay moors

In response to ‘nikki’ on May 18th – I am a 35 year old mother of an 8 year old boy, and i work full time running my own business. I will, along with my family and friends, my son, and his friends, be wearing my England shirt to our local pub to watch the England games. Does that make US hooligans then????? I THINK NOT.

@46

I’l remove my England shirt when everyone in England speaks our language removes there stupid head dresses and the damn letter boxes stop moving about.Im fucking WHITE BRITISH born n fucking bread and untill these fucking immigrants remove there head dresses and learn to fking speak ENGLISH il remove fk all of my ENGLAND shirt/flags and even then i wont remove them coz im proud to be fking English

I do love it when people who claim to be “proud” of being English can’t actually master the language. I counted at least thirteen elementary mistakes in that tirade alone! Very poor show.

@48

“Letter box” is racist slang for women who wear burkhas. Because you can only see their eyes. Nice, huh.

Oh and on-topic: the story is classic moral hysteria/tabloid-esque indignation against an imaginary threat. Pubs have always had dress codes, I’ve been stopped from going into one bar for having trainers on, and I have seen an elderly man asked to take off his flat-cap because of the “no hats” policy in Wetherspoons.
If you want to wear an England top (or whatever) to a pub then go to a pub that allows you to. Free market, simples.

I’ve been seeing this alot on facebook and to be honest from the moment I saw it thought it was utter tosh of the highest grade! Granted the police might “suggest” a banning of “All football shirts” but as its states, it inculdes all football shirts, such as french, italian, brazzilian and such like not just english, I wish people would look past and stop thinking “Ban all football shirts, wait, we are in england, they are banning only england shirts and no one elses, where is my pitcfork and torch! To the internet, away!” and realise it means just what it says ALL FOOTBALL SHIRTS!

54. Paul Brown

i wear my england top in full support so nikki does that mean im a holligan i have 6 kids and the least thing im having is some prat tell me i cant wear my countrys top with pride in a pub some foreigner got a problem then u will see a hooligan i dnt moan about there beliefs so they dnt want to start on mine GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

55. Citizen Spork

@54

Paul, read the story, read it properly, all the way through. Now, where does it say they are banned due to offending foreigners? I’ll give you a clue, it doesn’t. Nowhere, this is purely a crime and disorder issue surrounding known ‘trouble pubs’ in South London, sadly it fits the narrative that has been established by the right wing press that “we” are under attack in our own country. This story started in the Sun, and lets remember it’s the Sun that told us you couldn’t get Aids from straight sex – OFFICIAL

56. kay collett

I think Nikki’s comment is unreal and very offensive. I am a 27 year old female and a mother to a 5 year old girl and I wear my England shirt with pride and won’t take it off for anyone. For you to assume that anyone wearing one is a hooligan shows that you yourself are prejudice against people and very naive. And as said by Shatterface, it is an extremely crass stereotype.

what the hell man I am Turkish and ,I love the fact people put up their England flags and wear the England t-shirts it is stupid if it was to be banned. Come on every one has pride for their country and it will be stupid if it was to be banned , the people who don’t like it should just close their eyes or look up in the sky :)

I imagine the suggested ban was against CLUB football shirts being worn to watch England games, as this is clearly likely to cause friction amongst fans who would otherwise all be on the same side.

I watched the 2006 world cup in Germany, and the stupidist thing the organisers did was play “You’ll never walk alone” to the peed up England contingent. half sung along, half booed, and suddenly the atmosphere was not so convivial.

Some bars have had this rule for decades. I was made to turn my Englad 1966 World Cup shirt inside out before being let into a bar in 1996. I got annoyed about it and turned it back the right way as soon as I got in, but it was never about offending anyone and all about a ‘no football colours because of trouble’ rule. Might be stupid, but it’s not the same.

You’ll get people ranting about the ban on England shirts in pubs bedecked with St George Crosses while they’re wearing an England shirt, ranting at people wearing England shirts and buying beer from bar staff wearing England shirts. You get this same crap with England flags every time there’s a big tournament. It gets really boring.

If you want to blame anyone, blame the police for abusing their powers

I’m sorry, I didn’t realise an angry teenagers wrote this, how droll.

to NIKKI @ 4
I can not believe you have said, and I quote “But to be honest, most people wearing England shirts are usually the type to have shaved heads and start fights in pubs. The shirts are unattractive and I instantly think ‘hooligan’ whenever I see one.”
I wear an England top to support my football and cricket teams and I am a mother of two young children, training to be a teacher, and I am in no way shape or form “a thug”.
I do not agree with the shaven head remark either, my partner shaves his head and I know a lot of other men that shave their heads, some because they are balding, but they are not thugs or hooligans either!!!!
Your comments are pathetic and prejudiced beyond belief!!!!

Pub land lords have to follow the licencing laws and the police give them recommendations of all sorts including ones for the World Cup & Euro Cups. Unfortunately there are the odd few who ultimately spoil these big events for everyone else by kicking off in pubs & clubs usually after copius amounts of alcohol. It is sad as their are so many England fans who make us proud. I worked in pubs for years and remember one year where drunk England fans went and set fire to the local kebab shop after Turkey did well (dumb asses didn’t click that the owners & workers weren’t Turkish), kicked the shit out of a black guy (with the strongest London accent I’ve ever heard), and 2 pubs got smashed up before the police hauled them all out and closed the premises. Unfortunately, like religion, football is used as an excuse to start violent behaviour, people can’t handle us losing & going out early, people drink too much, pubs staff & police are subject to abuse, and alot of people become extremely racist :( The police sugget things to pubs to try to safe guard them and put restrictions on certain pubs & areas to avoid problems. Croydon is a major one (2004, gun violence), Redhill in Surrey they advised the pubs to close early last time when England went out (one pub didn’t and had to any way in the end as there was so much violence)…. Some pubs don’t want this trouble and even ban the games all together in their premises & that is their right, if we don’t like it maybe go somewhere else and behave. I think instead of getting angry at the police for these restrictions then maybe should turn our annoyance to the English idiots who spoil it for us and bring the need for the police & pubs to react this way.

4. Nikki

My ‘friends’ have been joining such groups for ages. But to be honest, most people wearing England shirts are usually the type to have shaved heads and start fights in pubs. The shirts are unattractive and I instantly think ‘hooligan’ whenever I see one.

this is not true, i wear a england top and im not a hooligan.

65. Nick Cohen is a Tory

You lot really don’t know much about football hooligan culture.
Your honest to god thug never wears football tops but river island and stone something or other. They all look like checked jockeys but bigger
They have their own little uniform. Sweet eh
The police guidelines are to with the fact that a pub may have two sets of supporters in the same premises. It gives them a get out to stop trouble.
Also I suggest those with a left wing bent and love the beautiful game you buy a philosophy football top.
Wonderful socialist message and a top quality top. I am on commision.
My England top has we only win the world cup under a Labour government and Bill Shankly ones are my favourites, although I do have Camus GK top. Sad but true.
Shatter, they even have a few right of centre messages such as the collected wisdom of milton friedman on a Jimmy Greaves top

66. Nick Cohen is a Tory

The tops are stone island or burberry my son tells me.

Robert Morgan

Glad to hear the police are banning people from wearing England tops. About time too, bloody racists.

we’re english and live in england ya tit . . send them all back if they’re not happy . . by the sounds of it . . you should go too ! !

They have only said a ban on football shirts and this does not imply that they will be banning shirts dipicting the st. georges cross. If they do decide to try and enforce this then i don’t think people will be fighting over football matches! i think they’ll be fighting over not being allowed to wear one of the most patriotic symbols that ENGLISH people have.

this is getting out of hand i am one ov those shaved headed people who weres the England top, and i have had greef as a result of this, i shave my head because it easy to keep not becouse im a thug i were my tshirt as i am a brit and glad to show it it time some put a stop to all this bull. all this will lead to is a racist incserdent were people get hurt time the police and the goverment steped up and put an end to it all

70. purple turlte

’4. NikkiMy ‘friends’ have been joining such groups for ages. But to be honest, most people wearing England shirts are usually the type to have shaved heads and start fights in pubs. The shirts are unattractive and I instantly think ‘hooligan’ whenever I see one.’

What and absolute numtpy you are! Does this mean that all slightly gothic people want to slighty hurt themselves?? Sit down and be quiet you fool.

In response too Niki,s comment that most people that wear england shirts have shaved heads……………..sorry to say i totally disagree. I wear a shirt and i dont have a shaved head.

I think that this is an internet snowball that has got out of control. It seems like it is just guidelines in an area that is a rather violent one.

The BNP and others have twisted it to promote more racial hatred as usual which to me as a young black male is sad because it is the time when more races and cultures get together and actually united as one, which nobody hear has really mentioned.

During the last Euro’s England did erupt into violence but this does not mean that everyone is a “thug” and its time that we stop sterotyping and discriminating against other and actually grow up a little. I wear my England shirt with my friends of all races, never once have any of us got into a fight or brawl but we have definitely had lots to drink! There always violence in pubs etc and yes maybe football mixed with alcohol does bring out the worst in people but don’t ruin it for everyone by banning the England shirts for everyone and promoting exactly what we do need which is more discrimination and racism!

what aload of fucking SHITTT! if england is good enough to live it , its good enough to wear our shirts. if we moved to a forigen country we wudnt expect them to remove the turbans or burkahs !!!


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    Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M

  16. leebo

    Police rlly trying to ban ppl frm wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M /via @libcon: Im certain this is EU bans straight bananas thing

  17. Simon Stirrat

    RT @sunny_hundal: No. RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M – pls RT

  18. Richard George

    RT @sunny_hundal: No. RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M – pls RT

  19. Adam Fish

    RT @sunny_hundal: No. RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M – pls RT

  20. N Bradley

    RT @LawrenceMills: RT @sunny_hundal: No. RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M

  21. Lawrence Mills

    @Madrizzle RE England Top: http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M

  22. Grave Maurice

    RT @sunny_hundal: No. RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M – pls RT

  23. Gareth Colwell

    RT @sunny_hundal: No. RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M – pls RT

  24. Manjit Hayre

    @Courts_93 http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M – pass this on to all the dickheads on facebook please Yoof

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  26. Gareth Winchester

    RT @sunny_hundal: No. RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M – pls RT

  27. Sean Court

    RT @sunny_hundal: No. RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M – pls RT

  28. ladyloki

    RT @sunny_hundal: No. RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M – pls RT

  29. Ben Clarke

    RT @sunny_hundal No. RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M – pls RT

  30. Sheryl Odlum

    RT @sunny_hundal: No. RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M – pls RT

  31. stiffinho

    RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M

  32. Lawrence Mills

    @JaeKay The whole "England top being banned" thing. http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M Stems from a story in The Sun.

  33. ianhrp

    RT @sunny_hundal: No. RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M – pls RT

  34. Leonardo Morgado

    RT @sunny_hundal: No. RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M – pls RT

  35. Paul Sandars

    RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M

  36. Rachel

    RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/aPlAF8

  37. dan hancox

    http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M full story about the rumour on @libcon

  38. Alex Gough

    RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? (no, but funny) http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M

  39. Tom Moreton

    MUSLIMS STEALING OUR RIGHTS…oh wait no http://bit.ly/acXH5E http://bit.ly/dnZr0m

  40. Phil Evans

    OMG THE POLICE ARE BANNING ENGLAND SHIRTS IN PUBS!!!! Or, er, not: http://bit.ly/dnzkJL

  41. Leonardo Morgado

    RT @sunny_hundal:Facebook rumour that police banned England tops in fear of offence is spreading wildly. Debunked here: http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M

  42. dan hancox

    'i'm not racist, but' http://bit.ly/bcY72J bonkers FB rumour that police banned England tops. Debunked here: http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M by @libcon

  43. Steve Hewitt

    RT @sunny_hundal: Facebook rumour that police banned England tops in fear of offence spreading wildly. Debunked here: http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M

  44. Heitzman

    RT @sunny_hundal: A Facebook rumour that police banned England tops in fear of offence is spreading wildly. Debunked here: http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M

  45. Michael Hanley

    RT @sunny_hundal: A Facebook rumour that police banned England tops in fear of offence is spreading wildly. Debunked here: http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M

  46. blogs of the world

    Police are going round all pubs and club saying we cant wear our england tops and we have … http://reduce.li/jgzbyo #top

  47. paul sinha

    @peel_acres http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/18/are-police-really-trying-to-ban-people-from-wearing-england-tops/

  48. Dick Mandrake

    @tabloidwatch "Police Ban England Shirts" urban myth spreading over Facebook, thanks to The Scum http://bit.ly/aYG5Yw http://bit.ly/acXH5E

  49. Mark

    RT @libcon Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/9xaIn0

  50. Mark

    RT @paulsinha: @peel_acres http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/18/are-police-really-trying-to-ban-people-from-wearing-england-tops/

  51. MissTJD

    How very depressing. RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M – pls RT

  52. Sophie Bryce

    http://bit.ly/buEqGT << For everyone who thinks they're going to get banned from wearing their England shirts during the World Cup. Shush.

  53. sunny hundal

    A Facebook rumour that police banned England tops in fear of offence is spreading wildly. Debunked here: http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M

  54. earwicga

    RT @sunny_hundal: A FB rumour that police banned England tops in fear of offence is spreading wildly. Debunked here: http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M

  55. Martin

    RT @sunny_hundal:Facebook rumour that police banned England tops in fear of offence is spreading wildly. Debunked here: http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M

  56. Sam Hogarth

    @DAVco this explains it best: http://tinyurl.com/2uatu9q (bit long though)

  57. Seff Qaid

    RT @libcon: Have police really banned wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/aPlAF8 The Sun News, is it a comic I think so and you will

  58. Paul Sussex

    England flags and shirts to be banned during the world cup? Get real! http://bit.ly/acXH5E

  59. Luke Bosman

    Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M < Clue: the answer begins with 'No'.

  60. avaughan585

    It's all lies. England tops are not being banned.
    RT @libcon: Have police really banned wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/aPlAF8

  61. Thomas Richardson

    RT @libcon: Have police really banned wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/aPlAF8 @skatterkeir

  62. Thomas Richardson

    RT @libcon: Have police really banned wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/aPlAF8 @skatterkeir

  63. ste driver

    RT @libcon: Have police really banned wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/aPlAF8 @skatterkeir (via @sgtbeefmeat)
    Don't believe that's true

  64. justine walshe

    RT @libcon Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/9xaIn0

  65. Keem The Dream

    Read This Article. http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/18/are-police-really-trying-to-ban-people-from-wearing-england-tops/

  66. Annabel Jones

    Have police really banned wearing England tops to avoid them causing offence to 'non-English' people? Umm. NO. http://bit.ly/aPlAF8

  67. rebecca fairclough

    RT @CFC8Scott @tabloidwatch "Police Ban England Shirts" urban myth spreading over Facebook, thanks to The Scum h… http://bit.ly/acXH5E

  68. Joanna Ringe

    Calm down my facebook friends!!! http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/18/are-police-really-trying-to-ban-people-from-wearing-england-tops/

  69. Sam the Drummer

    #failbook RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M

  70. Richard Bradley

    RT @libcon: Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/8Y9u6M < nope they're not.

  71. Sam Beezley

    RT @Annabel410: Have police really banned wearing England tops to avoid them causing offence to 'non-English' people? Umm. NO. http://bit.ly/aPlAF8

  72. Nimer Al-Assi

    Have police really banned england tops in pubs? http://bit.ly/aVojDO

  73. bruthamyles

    @MrMMarsh They aren't banned http://bit.ly/d0bgsT Just guidance from the MET to a couple of pubs in Croydon.

  74. Lennard Bartlett

    @jamescaitken http://tinyurl.com/2uatu9q even ha

  75. Juliet

    RT @libcon: Have police really banned wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/aPlAF8

  76. talojo

    http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/18/are-police-really-trying-to-ban-people-from-wearing-england-tops/

  77. Hannah Mudge

    RT @libcon Are police really trying to ban people from wearing England tops? http://bit.ly/9xaIn0

  78. Robert Morgan

    Glad to hear the police are banning people from wearing England tops. About time too, bloody racists. http://is.gd/cj9wc

  79. Lucy Perry

    Sent the following link to them: http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/18/are-police-really-trying-to-ban-people-from-wearing-england-tops/

  80. Jon Sanger

    Despite what you read in The Sun / on the Facebook pages of idiots, England shirts/flags are NOT being banned http://bit.ly/catAj9

  81. Tom Laverick

    http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/18/are-police-really-trying-to-ban-people-from-wearing-england-tops/

  82. Muslims must refuse to rise to EDL provocation | Samia Rahman | Worldwide News

    [...] minorities. Of course, the rumour was complete nonsense and stemmed from a letter advising a pub in Croydon to ban football club shirts to minimise confrontation between fans of rival teams. Nothing to do with Muslims, immigrants or [...]

  83. Gareth Winchester

    This http://is.gd/cHIRK is still going round Facebook http://is.gd/cHIMl even though it's complete rubbish http://is.gd/cHITw

  84. The Sun-Tabloid Lies

    This http://is.gd/cHIRK is still going round Facebook http://is.gd/cHIMl even though it's complete rubbish http://is.gd/cHITw

  85. Aliya Zaidi

    @ellazwart It's a fake story / Facebook group, but unfortunately the tabloids think it's true. http://bit.ly/b5woak + http://bit.ly/aXHjuD

  86. Jack Barker

    http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/18/are-police-really-trying-to-ban-people-from-wearing-england-tops/. Feel free to send me any links





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