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Eriksson lands to flag fiasco

Supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra's Manchester City Football Club have fallen foul of the law by displaying a banner featuring the club logo with the Thai national flag in the background.

Published on November 16, 2007

Police Special Branch pointed out yesterday that use of the national flag in such a way was a breach of the National Flag Act 1979, and punishable by up to a year in jail and/or Bt2,000 in fines.

Members of the Thai branch of the Manchester City Supporters' Club displayed the offending banner yesterday at Suvarnabhumi Airport to welcome City's manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Special Branch deputy commissioner Maj-General Trithosa Ronnaritthiwichai said the banner breached Article 53 of the bill, which outlaws the placing of letters, numbers or symbols on the national flag. Violators would face arrest if they continued to use the flag on their banner.

Eriksson, the former England manager, is here to sign three Thai players for the Premiership club.

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