Date: 24th December 2006 at 3:54pm
Written by:

I recently was handed an email from a Gooner who had personally written to Keith Edelman to ask him to explain the reasons for the banning of all national flag from Ashburton Grove.

Well I’m pleased to say that it seems as though common sense has prevailed, although if this statement had been issued in the first place, it could have avoided a whlole host of complaints.

The letter read;

As I have received a number of comments on this issue I have written below a more detailed explanation of the situation which I hope will explain the situation.

I would like to explain the background to this decision. There has been a situation at Emirates Stadium where 2 sets of fans have been upset about the flying of certain flags. This has reached a critical situation in terms of safety with groups of fans receiving physical threats. We have spoken to both Groups but could not resolve the situation. In our desire to provide a safe environment for all fans we therefore decided to ban all national flags. This is not a permanent ban and we would hope to revert back to the previous situation when it becomes safe so to do. In fact there were only about 6 national flags flown at Emirates and none at Highbury!!

We fully understand and sympathise with your concerns and we will revert back to our previous policy as soon as it is safe so to do.

Regards


Keith Edelman


Thanks to Rob Gaffney of the RedAction group for the letter content.