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FA CEO Comes Under Fire For Car Crash Comments About Political Symbols On Jerseys

FA CEO Comes Under Fire For Car Crash Comments About Political Symbols On Jerseys

Martin Glenn has been criticised for comments which he made regarding the use of political symbols on football jerseys.

The FA recently charged Pep Guardiola for wearing a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned Catalan politicians as it considers it to be a political symbol.

While speaking about the charge, Glenn dug himself into a hole.

"Poppies are not political symbols; that yellow ribbon is," said the FA CEO. "Where do you draw the line, should we have someone with a Ukip badge? Someone with an Isis badge?

"That’s why you have to be pretty tough that local, regional, national party organisations cannot use football shirts to represent them."

He has drawn particular ire for speaking about the Star of David in the same breath as a swastika.

We have re-written Law 4 of the game so that things like a poppy are OK. But things that are going to be highly divisive, and that could be strong religious symbols, it could be the Star of David, it could the hammer and sickle, it could be a swastika, anything like Robert Mugabe on your shirt, these are the things we don’t want.

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In a statement issued via Twitter, Simon Johnson, CEO of the Jewish Leadership Council, said Glenn's comments were in "poor taste".

"I have no problem with The FA clarifying Rule 4 and specifying that ALL religious symbols are prohibited on a kit if that is the case.

"But, in explaining that decision, the CEO of The FA's examples are ill judged and in poor taste.

"The Star of David is a Jewish religious symbol of immense importance to Jews worldwide. To put it in the same bracket as the swastika and Robert Mugabe is offensive and inappropriate.

"We will raise formally with The FA the Jewish community's deep disappointment with this statement."

On Monday morning, Glenn attempted to scramble from the hole into which he had dug himself.

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