England shirts banned during Football World Cup 2010

If you and your friends are big football (soccer) fans, then you might have seen the following wall post that’s going around on Facebook:

POLICE ARE GOING AROUND PUBS AND CLUBS SAYING THAT WE CANT WEAR OUR ENGLAND TOPS 4 THE FOOTIE & GOTTA TAKE THE FLAGS DOWN AS IT IS UPSETTING THE PEOPLE THAT DONT COME FROM HERE !! NOW IM NOT RACIST, BUT THIS IS TAKING THE PISS! THIS IS OUR COUNTRY AND WE NEED 2 MAKE A STAND IF YOU/THEY DONT L…IKE IT GO AWAY! WOULD YOU REMOVE UR TURBAN & BURKHA BECAUSE IT UPSETS ME, IF YOU AGREE POST THIS AS YOUR STATUS!!! 🙂

I think most sensible people would agree that banning shirts is a bit extreme. Turns out, police forces throughout the UK agree with that reasonable position: they never had any intention of creating or enforcing such a rule.

Most Facebook hoaxes  seem to percolate into our lives from the ether. It’s difficult to determine where they come from because the nature of social networking sites causes inflammatory posts to explode and expand exponentially. This, however, is one of those rare moments when we actually have a pretty good idea where the hoax initially came from.

In this instance, the hoax started in the world of print… I’ll guess we’ll call it journalism. This article in “The Sun” claims that “England shirts could be banned at pubs screening live World Cup matches.” The article goes on to suggest that police departments are considering this dress code to prevent antisocial behavior. As if it’s the shirts that cause havoc during football games, not crazed, drunken fans.

It would be more sensible, although still a complete infringement on personal liberties, to ban alcohol sales during the event.

Those of you who have never read “The Sun” might not know that it’s a tabloid. Most of the content is barely more legitimate than Weekly World News’s famous Bat Boy Found in Cave story. It’s utter rubbish.

Yes, it’s completely unreasonable to ban adults from wearing shirts. The police completely agree. The Lincolnshire Police Department has even issued a statement refuted rumors of the ban. It does seem that one pub in Boston has chosen to ban football shirts to prevent rival fans from targeting each other, but this is a decision made by the pub, not the police or any other organization.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on May 19, 2010.

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