Outcry over video showing Spurs fan being told to put away Israeli flag at match

Spokesman for Tottenham tells the JC that its policy is to ban flags that ‘could be considered inflammatory’


RF9KHM Tottenham Hotspur fans wave the Flag of Israel in celebration after Tottenham Hotspur's Fernando Llorente scores his side's first goal of the game during the Carabao Cup Semi Final, second leg match at Stamford Bridge, London.

A viral video showing a Spurs fan being asked to put away an Israeli flag during a game has sparked outcry from some online users. 
“This isn’t the time or the place for you to be using that flag,” the masked steward can be heard saying in the clip, drawing criticism.
The issue of politics in sport has long divided opinion and came to the fore once again during the 11-day conflict as Premier League stars from a number of clubs carried Palestinian flags on the pitch after games.


Spurs fans have often been pictured flying Israeli flags during matches, but a club spokesperson told the JC on Friday that flags of “any political or religious affiliation” were not appropriate.
“The club has always considered that a football match is a time to show allegiance to a football team first and foremost,” a club spokesperson said, reiterating existing policy. 
“A football match is not an appropriate arena to display flags of any political or religious affiliation or anything that could possibly be considered inflammatory. 
“This can include national flags during times of political conflicts, campaigns or issues.”
FA policy, meanwhile, does not include a ban on internationally-recognised flags.

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