Saltires are not banned from stadium, claim Falkirk

A saltire with the word 'Yes' on it was removed from the Falkirk end during Tuesday night's game against Rangers
A saltire with the word 'Yes' on it was removed from the Falkirk end during Tuesday night's game against Rangers

Saltires are not banned at The Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk FC have insisted - although flags bearing political slogans are prohibited.

A Scotland flag bearing the word ‘Yes’ was confiscated from a fan in the south stand of Westfield at Tuesday night’s League Cup defeat to Rangers .

23-09-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk v Rangers. Scottish League Cup. Flags.

23-09-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk v Rangers. Scottish League Cup. Flags.

It provoked outrage from a section of the home support and the fall-out has threatened to overshadow the match with wild claims spreading on social media that the Scotland flag has been banned while Union flags – many of which were carried and displayed by Rangers fans at the game – are welcome.

But Falkirk have stated the reasoning behind the incident which happened in the first half with scores at 1-1.

A club statement read: “Falkirk FC, like all football clubs in Scotland, does not allow the display of banners or flags of a political nature at its matches.

“During the game against Rangers, a Scottish flag bearing a political message was removed. The political message, not the nature of the flag itself, was the cause of this action. We accept that our stewards could have handled the situation more sensitively.

“Flags displayed by Rangers fans carried no specific political slogans - and are regularly displayed at grounds all over Scotland. If any fans find such flags offensive, concerns should be raised with Rangers or Scottish football authorities.”

Police have backed the club’s “right to remove flags against their policy”, but admitted they were not involved as no crime took place.

Pre-match Falkirk mascot Fergus The Fox also had a saltire - bearing the Falkirk FC crest. Rangers went on to win the game 3-1.