Wetherspoon Could Refuse To Serve Fans Wearing England Shirts For The World Cup 2018
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So everyone has been getting rather hyped for the World Cup 2018 - it started on Thursday with Robbie Williams and his no-shits-given attitude, then we watched Cristiano Ronaldo doing what he does best - it's fair to say we might all be a little hyped up about it.
You're probably planning to go and watch England's first game tomorrow with the LADs down the local Spoons - in which case, you'd be best advised to keep your shirt locked away in the wardrobe because you might get turned away.
According to the Sun, the popular pub chain has said that managers can kick punters out for wearing their colours and it has also banned staff from putting up England flags.
JD Wetherspoon said today that the pub chain doesn't have a blanket ban on shirts, but it will 'support' managers if they decide to refuse to serve fans who are wearing kits.
Bosses have also told employees that they must not display the St George's Cross in any of their 880 pubs.
Instead, in an attempt to soften the blow, they have handed out 'World Cup bunting' which includes every flag of each nation competing in the tournament.
One anonymous barman slammed the decision to ban England flags and described it as an 'absolute joke', reports the Sun.
The employee, from Worcester, wrote online: "Absolute joke that we have to take our England flags down at work. We are an English pub chain."
A spokesman told the newspaper: "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."
He added: "We have given all of our 880 pubs World Cup bunting which includes the St George's Cross.
"What we don't want is staff putting up England flags at the bar or in the window. That's not how we run our pubs.
"They can put them up in the staff room if the manager is happy."
England play their first group game against Tunisia at 7pm tomorrow. If you wanted to wear your replica shirt at your nearest Spoons, probably best to leave it at home.