Wales fan ‘said to leave Cardiff bar for wearing a football shirt’ after watching World Cup qualifiers
A football fan slammed a bar in Cardiff city center for telling him to cover his Welsh jersey or leave.
Greg Caine attended the video game-themed Kongs after seeing Wales’ 5-1 win over Belarus on Saturday. He said he played the Pacman video game with friends for about two hours before being told he couldn’t stay if his shirt was visible.
The 28-year-old has claimed that he has visited Kongs on several occasions wearing a Wales rugby shirt after matches and has never encountered any problems. He believes his treatment on Saturday is an example of “prejudice” against football fans based on outdated perceptions.
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“It is embarrassing that clubs and pubs in Cardiff still have this policy,” he said. “I love rugby and watch the Wales rugby team regularly, but I see the difference in the way fans are treated.”
A spokesperson for Kongs said its policy on football shirts is for the safety of customers and staff, adding: “This means that from time to time people may be denied access or asked to leave. places.”
Greg, a video journalist from Pembrokeshire, lives in Liverpool but traveled to Cardiff for the Wales World Cup qualifier which was Gareth Bale’s 100th cap.
He said: âIt was probably around 10.30pm that we got to Kongs. I was with three friends who were wearing Wales shirts and two of them had bucket hats. They got in with no problem.
âAs I got to the door the bouncer said, ‘Oh, you’ve got a football top. The two bouncers were discussing it among themselves. I thought to myself, “What’s going on?” My friends had just entered.
âThey have a sign on the door saying ‘no football tops, no fancy dress’. I told them,’ That’s a stupid rule, I’ve been here in a rugby top and haven’t had no problem. “They were like, ‘Put on your coat and you can come in.'”
Greg said it was “hot” inside, so he took off his coat after five minutes. For the next two hours, he had “no problem”. About 15 to 20 customers had Welsh shirts on display, he says.
âI was having a very normal time there,â he added. “I was really playing Pacman with my friends, I was having a really good time, not saying anything. There weren’t any Belarusians there. I haven’t seen a single Belarusian all day, even there. outside the stadium.
âAbout two hours went by and I was at the bar as a few people I vaguely knew came in and was chatting with them. It was a little embarrassing because one of the bouncers came over and said: “Put on your coat or you have to go.
âI think he was a different bouncer than before. I said, ‘Well, I’ve been here ages and haven’t caused any problems. There are loads of people with football tops here and I’m not going to start. ‘
âHe said, ‘Yeah buddy, it’s just my boss, it’s politics. To be fair, I don’t really understand but maybe my boss doesn’t like football.’ It was a ridiculous situation. I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ “
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Greg and his friends have decided to leave. There was a piece of paper taped to the entrance spelling out Kongs’ football tops policy, which he said he removed and handed to door staff.
âThe bouncers kind of rolled their eyes,â he said. “One of them was like, ‘He’s my boss mate.’
“I thought it was really unfair. You see worse on rugby day [than Wales football match days]. People have a lot more p **** d. You will see people passed out covered in vomit at 3 p.m.
âFootball fans usually check themselves out because they know the nightclubs will be stricter, or they will go to Canton because they know the downtown area just won’t tolerate it.
âI think it’s just a historical thing. I think probably 10 to 15 years ago at least there were issues with the Cardiff and Swansea fans after Wales. But now, i think these are just prejudices against football fans ideas of the 80s and 90s this is no longer true, i have never seen a problem between two groups of fans at international level in cardiff.
“You still get idiots if Cardiff play against Swansea, but it was an international game in the center of the capital of Wales on a national legend’s 100th cap, and you say there is no tall football? “
Greg left Kongs and enjoyed his night at the Walkabout, then the Boom Battle Bar, without being told to cover his shirt in either location.
WalesOnline asked Kongs about their football shirt policy and if people were allowed to display rugby shirts in the bar.
A spokesperson said, âKong’s door policy is in place for the safety of our customers and staff. This means that from time to time, people may be denied access or asked to leave the premises. This policy may not be right for everyone, but the safety of our staff and customers comes first. “
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