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FC Bayern punished for homophobic banner

FC Bayern have been punished by UEFA for a homophobic banner.
FC Bayern have been punished by UEFA for a homophobic banner.
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Bayern Munich have been punished by UEFA following an incident inside the Allianz Arena when some fans displayed a homophobic banner during the Champions League knockout stage match against Arsenal.

The sign, which read “Gay Gunners”, seemed to specifically target Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil.

As a result, UEFA have ordered a partial closure of the Allianz Arena for Bayern Munich’s upcoming tie with Manchester United in the quarterfinals.

UEFA released a statement saying, “Discriminatory behavior of Bayern supporters and the displaing of an illicit banner.

“The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has decided to order the partial closure of the Fussball Arena Muenchen (Allianz Arena). In particular, the closure of sector 124 for Bayern’s next UEFA competition home match, namely their UEFA Champions League quaterfinal second leg against Manchester United on April 9; To fine the German club 10,000 euros for the displaying of an illicit banner.”

Bayern’s executives responded with a sense of disappointment toward their fans actions.

“We deeply regret the incident during the Arsenal game and strongly distance ourselves from this discriminating banner. Bayern Munich will never accept it,” said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in a press release.

“We sadly have to accept the UEFA punishment. We will determine those responsible and after that juristically check claims for compensation against those responsible.”

FC Bayern were crowned champions again of the Bundesliga on Tuesday.

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