eBay bans sale of 'racist' family board game!

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London, Jan 29 (ANI): The sale of a family board game based on sitcom Dad's Army has been prohibited after a swastika was found on its box.

Internet auction site eBay removed the game, labelling it "offensive material" since it could stir racial and religious hatred and incite violence.

David Davidson, a retired bank worker from Droitwich, Worcestershire had offered the game for 99p.

The 1970s game has players contending to be the first to get their platoon across the board and includes famous characters from the show like Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson.

The box has arrows containing swastikas and one bearing the Union flag, like in the opening titles of the TV programme.

The show, a story of a group of unlucky Home Guard volunteers in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea, was aired from 1968 to 1977 and has become a classic since.

But eBay continues to stick by its decision to ban the game, saying: "We don't allow the sale of memorabilia associated with the Nazi Party."

However, Davidson is unhappy at eBay's decision.

"I couldn't believe it when they sent me an email telling me my Dad's Army board game could insight violence and hatred," the Daily Express quoted him, as saying.

He continued: "Any human being with an ounce of common sense can see Dad's Army is the most harmless TV programme in the world. There's no swearing, sex or violence. It's not like I'm trying to flog a piece of Nazi memorabilia here.I was just baffled. I want to expose eBay for what they are - a laughing stock."

Davidson added: "It is run by robots with no brain who probably just vet the content without looking into anything properly.

"It's moronic. They allow coins and stamps with swastikas and there are hundreds of war ­stories which have them."

Jenny Thomas, spokeswoman for eBay UK, said: "eBay will remove listings that bear the marks of organisations that promote hatred and racial intolerance and we are strict and unapologetic in adhering to this policy.

"With 100 million listings we have to apply this rule to any item bearing such insignia, regardless of whether it is an innocent item like a game." (ANI)

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