Nah, this isn’t completely Orwellian, not at all.
Former English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson has been accused by police of inciting racial hatred after wearing an anti-Islamic State (Isis) shirt and holding an England flag with the words “F**k Isis” printed on the front, his lawyer has claimed.
Robinson had managed to escape being banned from travelling to France to watch England play in the Euro 2016 tournament after police officers arrived at his home near Luton when he’d already left the country.
The 33-year-old was pictured days later in Franceholding an England flag with the words “F**k Isis” and wearing a shirt showing a cartoon of an England fan urinating on the Black Banner flag adopted by Islamic State (Daesh).
On his return to the UK, Bedfordshire Police appeared committed to pursuing the banning order and served him with the application.
A subsequent hearing at Luton Magistrates’ Court on Friday (24 June) saw bail conditions imposed to have Robinson’s passport taken away.
His lawyer, Alison Gurden, told IBTimes UK she was then served with further police statements relating to the banning order on Saturday. She claimed Bedfordshire Police and the UK Football Policing Unit had complained Robinson had “incited racial hatred” while in France due to the anti-Isis material he had been pictured alongside.
She said in a statement on her website, published on Wednesday (29 June): “The mainstay of the application by Bedfordshire Police is that Tommy Robinson, while in France, was pictured wearing an anti-Isis T-Shirt, and holding up an English Saint George Cross flag with ‘F**k Isis’ written across it, and that this was aimed at inciting racial hatred against Muslims.