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'Why can't hotel staff speak English?': Andrew Flintoff in bizarre anti-immigration outburst


By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 9:43 AM on 02nd June 2009




England cricket star Andrew Flintoff has landed himself in trouble again after he launched a bizarre anti-immigration tirade.

The all-rounder told GQ magazine that Britain's immigration policies had failed.

He added: 'I have no problems with a multicultural society, I think that is to the benefit of the country. But you have to be careful what levels you take it to.


'It annoys me when I phone a hotel receptionist in my own country and they don't understand what I am saying because they don't speak English.



article-1190235-041C0F8B0000044D-436_468x704.jpg Andrew Flintoff with his wife Rachael and daughter Holly


'I think that's wrong, it's nothing to do with being politically correct or incorrect, it's just not right.'

Flintoff, 31, a father of Holly, four, and sons Corey, three, and one-year-old Rocky, said: 'I see Manchester on a Friday night and I would be horrified seeing my daughter going to the bars.


'There are places I wouldn't go to now. You see these reports of stabbings, bottlings, shootings, and you think, "What is happening to this country?"

'I think rap music has a lot to do with it. It makes it sound cool not to conform, and to be violent. That's why I think sport plays such an important role. Cricket kept me away from trouble.'

He called for sport to be brought back as a compulsory subject for kids at school, adding: 'It tackles everything from child obesity to drug abuse and binge drinking. A lot of kids don't get the chance to play sport.

'Our reputation abroad is getting worse, we are seen as a violent country now.'


Asked what he would tackle if he was prime minister, Flintoff replied: 'There's knife crime, gun crime, homelessness, the financial crisis. So many things need fixing.

'But when you go to somewhere like India you realise we're not in that bad a shape. We have a tendency in Britain to talk ourselves down.

'I wouldn't want to be American, but you have to admire the way they talk themselves up as a people, athletes and as a country. Our glass is always half empty.'

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Guest howyousawtheworld

Bit cheap coming from the Daily Mail. What a bunch of hypocritical twats.

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