We’re all about supporting our country during football season, especially when it’s the World Cup.
The Cup kicked off (no pun intended) in Russia last week, with England due to play their first match tonight against Tunisia.
However, pub chain Wetherspoons announced they could refuse service to anyone wearing an England shirt during World Cup season.
According to The Sun, the pub has said managers have the option of refusing service to anyone wearing their colours – as well as banning pub staff from displaying England flags.
JD Wetherspoon said yesterday they don’t have a ‘blanket ban’ on football shirts, however “support” will be there for bar managers should they refuse entry to fans wearing shirts.
The Kings Hall in Cheadle Hulme
Staff in their 880 pubs across the UK were also told they couldn’t display England flags.
“World Cup bunting” has been handed out instead, which features flags of every country playing in the football tournament.
One barman told The Sun that the decision was an “absolute joke”.
A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon told The Sun Online: “We have no specific issue with football shirts. But if a manager for whatever reason feels it doesn’t fit in with his or her pub, they have the discretion to say no.
“We will support them and back them.”
England is all set to play Tunisia tonight, with kick off at 7pm.