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Premier League to advise clubs to ban Israel and Palestine flags in stadiums

Premier League to advise clubs to ban Israel and Palestine flags in stadiums

The Premier League will issue guidance to its clubs later this week advising them to prohibit Israel and Palestine flags inside stadiums.

The league says the decision has been taken after it consulted with safety organisations and Jewish groups, with this being one of their recommendations.

For England’s home fixtures against Australia and Italy during this international break, the FA similarly prohibited flags and replica kits that were not of the teams competing on the day.

This comes following the Israel-Gaza war, which escalated following the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7.

The Premier League has previously issued similar guidance to its clubs regarding nations that are in conflict, so as to mitigate tensions between supporters within stadiums. Some clubs, such as Tottenham, have similar policies on flags from nations in conflict or that could be considered inflammatory.

The implementation of the Premier League policy will be left up to the clubs and their security teams, which are experienced in enforcing similar league-wide measures, such as the COVID-19 restrictions.

The EFL is still discussing the issue.

The Premier League and EFL confirmed last week that a moment’s silence will be observed before this weekend’s round of matches “as a mark of respect”.

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