THE Wembley arch would be facing a monumental backlash no matter what colour the lights are, it has emerged.
The Football Association’s decision not to illuminate the arch with the colours of the Israeli flag has provoked media outrage because football stadia are known primarily as places to remember the victims of horrific conflicts.
An FA spokesperson said: “It’s not entirely clear what effect a stadium thousands of miles away has on the Israel-Hamas bloodletting. I’d hazard a guess of ‘probably not much’.
“We can’t win. The press lose their shit when players take the knee and say we should keep politics out of football. But now we’ve got to put it back in, apparently.
“If we’d lit the arch white and blue then people would have been asking about the Palestinian flag. Then we’d have to do it red, green, black and white on alternating nights for impartiality. Am I the only one who finds that a bit weird and tasteless?
“Now the government is having a go at us despite not issuing any official guidance. So we’re keeping the arch turned off. Taylor Swift can have it on for her concerts but she’ll only be allowed an uncontroversial colour: cyan.
Football fan Wayne Hayes said: “I’m shocked and appalled. This is the first time in its long history the FA has put a foot wrong. They’re normally so opposed to violence and oppression, except if it’s Qatar doing it to gays.”