Monday, January 07, 2013

It's a sideways Irish flag

Current sensitivities in Kuwait lead to the following row: the screen capture shows footage from the Kuwait fan area of a Gulf Cup match in Bahrain. The bottom stripe which should be red is clearly showing as orange. For some in Kuwait this meant that fans had changed the flag colour to that of the 2006 Orange Movement, whose protest colour is being revived by the current wave of dissent in Kuwait. The quasi-official explanation --

The change in the red color of the Kuwaiti flag to orange during the Gulf Cup match between Kuwait and Yemen was due to the stadium lights effect said Kuwait Ambassador to Bahrain ... low quality material which the flag was made of and the stadium spotlights resulted in an orange reflection to the red color.