How Liverpool reacted to ‘racist’ origi banner

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Ahead of the Liverpool Champions League Group E clash away at Racing Genk last Wednesday, the club had have a banner depicting  Liverpool’s Belgian striker Divock Origi’s head on a naked body alongside the Champions League Trophy removed before the kick-off.

Liverpool condemned the graphic “racist” banner unfurled by fans prior to the start of  clash.

In a statement released shortly before kick-off, Liverpool said they had acted swiftly to have the banner removed, saying it “perpetuated a racist stereotype”.

“This is completely unacceptable,” a club statement said.

“Liverpool Football Club condemns the offensive banner displayed in our section of the ground, prior to kick-off.

“We acted swiftly to have the banner removed and we are now working with the local authorities and stadium team in Genk to identify those responsible.

“Any subsequent action will be taken in keeping with our sanctions process.”

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