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Lord Coe unveils 2012 logo
Epilepsy fears over Olympic logo
The new logo for the 2012 London Olympic Games could trigger epileptic fits and should not be shown on television, an expert has said.
London Olympic Games is to be removed from the organisers' website after fears it could trigger epileptic fits.
Charity Epilepsy Action said it had received calls from people who suffered fits after seeing the animated logo.
Organisers London 2012 said it was looking into it as a matter of urgency.
The jagged emblem, based on the date 2012, was unveiled on Monday.
Professor Harding is an expert clinical neuro-physiology and he designed a test which all moving adverts need to undergo to check they will not trigger a reaction in people with epilepsy.
He told BBC London 94.9FM: "The logo should not be shown on TV at all at the moment.
"It fails Harding FPA machine test which is the machine the television industry uses to test images.
"And so it does not comply with Ofcom guidelines and is in contravention of them."
London 2012 told BBC London: "We are taking it very seriously and are looking into it as a matter of urgency."
Christopher Filmer rang BBC London 94.9FM to say he suffered a seizure while watching the logo on television and his girlfriend also suffered a fit and needed hospital treatment.
"The logo came up on TV and I was thinking about the 2012 and then I was out," he said.
Epilepsy Action said it had been a hot topic on its website's messageboards.
last updated: 07/03/2008 at 16:13
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