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Thursday 14 November 2019

Pool identify fan over Origi banner

Divock Origi
Divock Origi

A supporter responsible for displaying an "offensive" banner about Liverpool striker Divock Origi during the Champions League match against Genk has been identified, Merseyside Police have said.

Reds officials liaised with police to have the banner, which they said "perpetuated a racist stereotype", removed as soon as they became aware of it.

Merseyside Police released a statement yesterday which read: "We can confirm Merseyside Police officers assisting local police at the Genk v Liverpool fixture on Wednesday night (October 23) removed a banner in the Liverpool supporters' section.

"We worked with Liverpool FC and the local authorities to identify the person responsible, and the local police in Belgium are now conducting an investigation."

UEFA will await the reports of the match referee and delegate before deciding whether to open a disciplinary investigation in relation to the matter.

Supporters' group Spirit of Shankly welcomed the swift action taken by the club.

A statement read: "Spirit of Shankly oppose all forms of racism. The club took swift action in the removal of the offensive banner. Football isn't separate from society, it is part of it, and we all have a responsibility in ensuring people understand there is no room for racism."

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