Asda defend selling 'Ku Klux Klan-style' England flag

Supermarket Asda defends selling 'wearable England flags' that have been likened to the hooded outfits worn by US racist group the Ku Klux Klan.

Supermarket giants Asda have defended selling a 'wearable England flag', which has raised comparisons to US racist organisation the Ku Klux Klan.

The flag includes a hood, which the supermarket claims is designed to shield England fans from the rain while supporting the Three Lions during next month's World Cup in Brazil.

A number of concerned fans took to social media to express their distaste in the flag, which some believe resembles the hood of the outfits worn by the KKK.

According to The Telegraph, a company spokesperson has defended the design by saying: "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."

There are reportedly no plans to withdraw the flags from the supermarket shelves.

Steven Gerrard of England celebrates scoring the second goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group H match between England and Poland at Wembley Stadium on October 15, 2013
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