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    Thursday, 24 October 2019

    Police fishes out Liverpool fan behind Divock Origi offensive banner

    Merseyside Police are assisting local police in Belgium and have identified the fan responsible according to reports

    Local police in Belgium are investigating an offensive banner of Liverpool star Divock Origi that unfolded at the away end prior to kickoff of Wednesday's Uefa Champions League group win at Genk.

    According to recent reports Merseyside Police assisted local police in Belgium to swiftly put out the banner that evening and identified the culprit responsible for the event.

    The Merseyside Police on Thursday afternoon released a statement 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 and the local authorities to identify the person responsible, and the local police in Belgium are now conducting an investigation."

    Liverpool Football Club were infuriated by the image and immediately released a statement that evening, branding it "completely unacceptable"

    "Liverpool Football Club condemns the offensive banner displayed in our section of the ground, prior to kick-off," they said. "To be clear, the image used perpetuated a racist stereotype. This is completely unacceptable.

    "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."

    Meanwhile UEFA are awaiting a report from anti-racism group FARE concerning the banner.

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