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Police kilts all in a twist over 'Anyone But England' T-shirts

Published 27/02/2010 | 05:00

WITH England the only 'home' country at this year's World Cup, Irish, Scottish and Welsh fans will, of course, be pledging their loyalties to Fabio Capello's men and... we're joking of course.

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The tradition in these parts of supporting whoever England are playing has surfaced again after the furore over the sale of ABE (Anyone But England) T-shirts in Scotland.

While the Jocks say it's all part of the craic, police have taken a different view. A shop in Aberdeen had a visit from the local constabulary after a complaint that the T-shirts were -- you guessed it -- racist.

As Britain has become a society where political correctness has turned some people insane, it is little surprise the T-shirts have become the focus of a racism debate. And, as is customary, The Sun has taken a stance against the puritans.

The paper revealed how the shop's assistant manager, Jamie Wilkinson, was left stunned after the police visit, saying: "The tops are just harmless banter. They've got nothing to do with hating the English."

But the best quote came from Hamish Husband, from the Association of Tartan Army Clubs, who summed it up perfectly when he said: "It's not racism -- it's football."

Irish Independent

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