Arrested 'nuns' were touring footballers

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Seventeen British men who were hauled in front of a Greek court dressed as "sexy" nuns when a fancy dress party went wrong were all members of a football club.

The tourists, all men aged 18 to 65 from Bristol and still dressed in nun costumes, lingerie and wimples, were marched into the courtroom in Crete by police officers to face charges of "causing a scandal by provocative acts and misrepresenting a uniform".

The Hanham Sunday Tour, made up of current and former footballers of Hanham Athletic and Hanham's Sunday league team, based in Bristol, were locked up in a cell in the early hours of Sunday morning following arrests made in the seaside holiday town of Malia.

The men remained in police custody until they were taken to court, where the British Embassy said the prosecutor dropped all charges and all 17 were released.

The Hanham Sunday Tour is an annual trip started in the Sixties by the Sunday league team, which now plays in the Bristol Sunday League Premier division.

In previous years the men have dressed up as St Trinians schoolgirls in Portugal and babies in Cyprus.