By David Kent
Furious Arsenal banned the BBC from using a club shirt after a new drama portrayed Gooners fans as halfwits and criminals.
The Premier League club failed to see the funny side when they became the butt of the opening scenes of police drama By Any Means.
Gullible: The Arsenal-supporting suspect is lured with offer of exclsuive stadium tour
In the opening episode, cops trick an idiotic Arsenal fan who has skipped bail on robbery charges.
They lure the gullible suspect by promising him a tour of Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and a chance to meet the players.
He arrives at an office covered in stickers saying "Arsenal" and "Emirates". He meets two undercover detectives, who are decked head-to-toe in the north London club's famous red-and-white colours, like the suspect.
But when he boards a bus for his dream trip, he is arrested by Jack Quinn (Warren Brown) and told: ' You are under arrest for being an Arsenal fan... anything you do say will be ignored.'
Offside: BBC were banned from using official club shirts
Caught: The suspect is arrested as he boards the tour bus
When Quinn is asked if the scam was ethical, he says the victims are not just crooks and adds: 'It's worse than that, they're Gooners.'
Arsenal got wind of the storyline and banned the producers from using real kit and actors were forced to wear red and white shirts without any identifying logos.
A BBC spokesman told the Sun: 'Arsenal declined permission to use their branded shirts... so production decided, on advice to use shirts in a similar style instead.'