The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 has banned the Welsh flag because it doesn’t want to be “political”.
According to a release, the flags of disputed territories like Crimea and Northern Cyprus are also banned, as well as the ISIS banner and the flags of any country not represented at the competition.
And it’s not awkward that the Welsh flag is banned at all… It’s not like one of Team UK’s singers, Joe Woolford, is Welsh. Oops.
Speaking to WalesOnline, a spokesman said: “The European Broadcasting Union aims to ensure that the Eurovision Song Contest is free from political statements, unauthorised commercial messages and offensive comments, in line with the contest’s rules that all 42 participating broadcasters agreed upon.
“On the request of the venue, the flag policy contains some examples of flags that are not permitted under the flag policy.”
The two Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Finals will take place on May 10 and 12 at the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden and will be shown on BBC Four.
Then, the top 10 nations who gain the most votes from each of the Semi-Finals will go through to the Grand Final along with the Big Five and host nation Sweden on May 14.
This year’s show will be broadcast live on BBC One from 8pm, with commentary from Graham Norton.