The Church of England has described a court decision to let employers prevent staff from wearing religious symbols at work as "troubling".

The institution spoke out after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg ruled on Tuesday that banning the wearing of a visible political, philosophical or religious signs was not direct discrimination.

A CofE spokesman said: "This ruling raises significant questions about freedom of religion and its free expression. Whether it be Sikhism and the wearing of turbans and kara through to the wearing of a cross."

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