Royal Mail bans England flags from vans

The killjoys at the Royal Mail have banned its staff from flying the England flag during the World Cup, saying they are a health and safety risk.

The company has not only banned workers from flying the flag on their vans, but also from putting stickers on their trolleys and bikes.

Health and safety types have said they could distract drivers or “pose a potential hazard to other road users” if they come loose.

“No other flag or insignia should be carried next to the Royal Mail brand and insignias,” the company said in a statement.

One postman described the decision as “bonkers”, adding that “Many posties are football fans and want to show their support for England – but we’re not allowed to do so.”

The World Cup kicks off tonight as Russia take on Saudi Arabia.

England’s first match of the tournament will be against Tunisia on Monday.