BRITONS YES, BRETONS NO?

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Associated Press

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 2:32 PM

Thierry Le Sommer traveled to Scotland to see his daughter play soccer for France — but was almost kicked out of the stadium for waving the flag of Brittany, northwestern France.

He says security officials wanted to take it off him and even threatened to call police.

The episode highlights a patriotic sore point at these carefully regulated Olympics. Instructions on all tickets advise spectators that they must not arrive in Olympic venues bearing "flags of countries not participating in the games."

We've now clarified what the rules are — and Le Sommer did nothing wrong.

The London organizing committee explained in a statement to The Associated Press that security officials should permit flags from "nations under the umbrella of participating countries."

And they said that this extends to flags of regions, too.

— Shawn Pogatchnik — Shawn Pogatchnik — Twitter http://twitter.com/ShawnPogatchnik

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