EPO apologizes to Bosnia for banner raised during match
The Hellenic SoccerFederation (EPO) has condemned as “unacceptable” the raising of an offensive banner referring to the 1995 Srebrenica massacre at a World Cup qualifier between Greece and BosniaHerzegovina on Sunday in Athens which ended in a 1-1 draw.
In a statement, EPO said it condemned the action “in the most absolute and categorical way,” and offered an apology to the Bosnian people “on behalf of those few who participated in this sectarian act.” The banner, which was raised in the stands where Greece supporters were sitting, read “Noz, zica, Srebrenica” (“Knife, wire, Srebrenica” in Serbian), referring to the massacres of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Sebrenica in 1995 by ethnic Serb troops during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.
“It insults in the most abhorrent way the sporting spirit of football and Greek hospitality,” the federation said. FIFA is expected to make a disciplinary case against EPO.