According to police the St George’s flag is ‘imperialistic’
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.
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.
Deputy Chief Constable Roberts said thousands of Russian officers, who are routinely armed, will be deployed on match days as part of a huge security operation.