‘Anyone but England’ T-shirts ‘could be racist’
Police warn Aberdeen store that window display could cause a disturbance
Scottish police have warned a store selling "Anyone but England" T-shirts in the run-up to the World Cup that its window display might be considered racist and should perhaps be removed. A spokesman for the Aberdeen store Slanj, which also has branches in Glasgow and Edinburgh, said staff were "flabbergasted".
"We have been selling this T-shirt for the past three months and we've had a great response," saud Ross Lyle of Slanj. "Even the English people who come into the store think it's a laugh and just a bit of tongue-in-cheek football banter.
"We're certainly not being racist. We are the same race as the English. It's just daft to say it's offensive."
But Pc McPlod begs to differ. A spokesman for the Grampian police said: "The primary role of any police force is to preserve the peace and we would be failing in our duty if we did not make people aware of the potential for disturbance such a window display could cause.
"The Grampian area, in common with the rest of the country, has recorded incidents relating to nationality and we have a responsibility to do our best to ensure that incidents of this nature are kept to a minimum. The public expect no less of us."
The Scottish, like the Welsh and the Irish, have no national team to support in South Africa. Only England made it through the qualifiers.
However, those countries have seen an upsurge in support for Algeria, the USA and Slovenia - England's opponents in the group stage of the tournament. ·
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