EPO apol­o­gizes to Bos­nia for ban­ner raised dur­ing match

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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.

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