World Cup 2018: England fans urged not to fly St George’s flag as it may be seen as ‘imperialistic’ and ‘antagonistic’ | London Evening Standard
Police have urged England fans heading to the World Cup in Russia not to display St George’s flags because it could be seen as “imperialistic” and “antagonistic”.
Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the head of football policing, said the flags were the trophies of choice for hooligans from rival countries.
The warning comes after Russian hooligans attacked England fans in 2016 and posted pictures of “captured” St George’s flags.
Supporters travelling to host cities such as Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, have also been warned to be “culturally aware” and not provoke locals by singing antagonising songs.