•The Culture and Education committee in the European Parliament this morning passed amendments to a report on "The European Dimension in Sport" which encourage states to fly the EU flag at international sports events and display the flag on athlete clothing.
The compromise amendment in question, Compromise 20 "...suggests to sports federations to consider the idea of having it [the EU flag] displayed on the clothing of athletes from Member States, alongside with the national flags;..."
It also "...suggests that the European flag should be flown at major international sports events held on the EU territory..."
Responding to this vote, UKIP MEP for England North West Paul Nuttall said:
"The UK had to work very hard for England players to be allowed to wear the poppy on their jersey. So soon after this common sense outcome, it is outrageous that the Culture Committee in the European Parliament now wants to push the UK to fly the EU flag at the Olympic Games and display the flag on footballers' jerseys.
"Athletes are proud to play for England or run for Great Britain, they have no love or allegiance to the EU so why should they be pushed to wear this flag of occupation on their jerseys.
"This is another desperate bid by the EU to promote itself in the face of growing opposition to what it is doing to peoples' lives and livelihoods.
"Hopefully this idea of flying EU flags will sink as quickly at the Euro currency is at the moment.
"And the idea of having an EU chamber of sports arbitration? Why does the EU feel the need to interfere in international sports bodies? The EU needs to butt out of our lives and sports stadia."
26. Suggests that the European flag should be flown at major international sports events held on the EU territory and suggests to sports federations to consider the idea of having it displayed on the clothing of athletes from Member States, alongside with the national flags; underlines that it should be entirely voluntary and up to Member States and sports organisations to decide whether they will use the aforementioned options.