Via the Telegraph:
Supermarket Asda has defended a “wearable England flag” it has launched for the World Cup after claims it resembles a Ku Klux Klan outfit. The £3 St George’s Cross, with the word “England” on the red cross, features a hood which Asda said was to allow fans to wear it and stay dry despite the unpredictable British weather. But some fans took to Twitter to point out what they believe were similarities with the hoods worn by the racist US organisation, also known by its initials “KKK”. A company spokesman said it had also produced a wearable Brazilian flag ahead of the competition, with starts in the South American country on June 12. She added: “We know there’s chatter on Twitter about our wearable World Cup flags, but it’s simply a flag with a hood – nothing more, nothing less. “We opted for a hood on our wearable England and Brazilian flags as you never know what the British weather will bring. “We want customers to get behind the team without getting wet.” The spokesman said there were no plans to withdraw the flag.
Asda is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walmart and is the UK’s third-largest retail chain. (Tipped by JMG reader Lynda)