Greene King asks pubs to cut flag from World Cup bunting
Bury St Edmunds brewer Greene King has asked all its pubs showing the World Cup to remove the Saudi Arabia flag from bunting after realising it was 'inappropriate' to display it where alcohol is sold.
A spokesman said: "To celebrate the World Cup, we have been displaying the flags of the participating nations to promote what we hope will be a great tournament for all.
"Following feedback from some customers in London about displaying the Saudi Arabia flag in a pub, we understand it was inappropriate as it contains the religiously-significant Islam Shahada in Arabic and so we have removed it."
The Saudi flag carries the Shahada, the Muslin profession of faith. The flags of other Islamic nations in the World Cup – including Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Iran – are not affected.