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Lithuanian Soccer Fans’ Sign Called Race Crime

From an outraged CNN:

French player Nicolas Anelka, center, celebrates his 1-0 goal with teammates during the Group B Euro 2008 qualifying soccer match between Lithuania and France, in Darius and Girenas stadium, Kaunas, Lithuania Saturday, March 24, 2007.

Lithuania condemn ‘racist’ banner

March 26, 2007

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Police have launched a formal investigation into the brandishing of a racist banner by home fans during Saturday’s Euro 2008 qualifier against France, the Lithuanian Football Federation said Monday.

“The police have started an investigation to find out who is responsible for the incident,” said Vaidotas Rastenis, the federation’s deputy spokesman. “The federation in turn is to release a statement for the fans related to the incident,” he added.

At Saturday’s match in the Lithuanian city of Kaunas, home fans displayed a large banner showing an outline map of Africa in the blue, white and red colours of France’s national flag, emblazoned with the words: “Welcome to Europe”.

The banner appeared to be aimed at France’s black players, who make up the majority of the team.

Lithuanian federation chief Liutauras Varanvicius slammed the fans’ behavior, saying their actions could bring punishment for the Lithuanian team.

Such an action is a crime. We now should expect heavy sanctions from UEFA,” Varanavicius said in an interview with the daily newspaper Kauno Diena… 


Aren’t these players proud of their African heritage?

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