This is the moment a boxing fan was surrounded by security guards before being thrown out of the stadium for wearing a Union Jack waistcoat.
James Baxter, 39, was watching Josh Warrington take on Carl Frampton at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night when staff complained about his clothing emblazoned with the red, white and blue flag.
Guards said it broke the arena’s ‘no colours’ policy and asked him to remove the garment.
James Baxter, 39, second from right, wearing the same Union Jack waistcoat which lead to him being kicked out of the Manchester Arena
James said he followed their request before putting on the waistcoat when he left the stand to visit the bar.
But he was still wearing the waistcoat when he returned to his seat to watch the boxing match, causing angry scenes as a dozen guards in yellow jackets surrounded him.
He was later removed from the stadium after allegedly becoming aggressive towards the staff.
This is the moment the boxing fan was surrounded by security guards before being thrown out of the stadium in Manchester just before the night’s headline fight
James said he offered to take of his jacket and let the guards take it away, but the situation escalated.
He said: ‘They told me to leave, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It’s ridiculous.
‘I just kept saying no. I kept telling them to stop touching me – I told them they had no right but they just got more staff.’
Mr Baxter said: ‘They told me to leave, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It’s ridiculous.’
James said that after entering the arena, nobody told him to remove the garment.
He was met by British Transport Police and ejected at around 9pm, shortly before the main fight.
The Manchester Arena admitted they had asked James to remove his Union Jack waistcoat but claimed he later became aggressive, which lead to him being booted out.
Matt Ward, a spokesman for Manchester Arena said: ‘As is standard procedure for all arena boxing events, football and/or rugby colours are not permitted into the venue.
James Baxter, 39, was watching Josh Warrington take on Carl Frampton at the Manchester Arena on Saturday but didn’t get to see the fight because of breaking the ‘no colours’ rule
‘Due to a large number of travelling international fans at last night’s event this was extended to include national colours.
‘All ticketholders were made aware of this policy both in advance of their visit and at point of entry into the venue.
‘The said ticketholder was asked on three separate occasions to cover up his waistcoat but refused each time.’