Greece soc­cer body apol­o­gises to Bos­nia for fan’s ban­ner

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Greece’s soc­cer fed­er­a­tion has apol­o­gised to the peo­ple of Bos­ni­aHerze­gov­ina after a fan’s ban­ner re­ferred to the Sre­brenica mas­sacre at a World Cup qual­i­fy­ing match. The Greek soc­cer body con­demns the “un­ac­cept­able post­ing of a ban­ner with fas­cist con­tent ... which it con­demns in the most ab­so­lute and cat­e­gor­i­cal way.” A ban­ner with the slo­gan “Noz, zica, Sre­brenica” (“Knife, wire, Sre­brenica” in Ser­bian) was dis­played among Greece fans on Sun­day dur­ing the teams’ 1-1 draw in Athens. In 1995, more than 8,000 Bos­nian Mus­lim men and boys were killed in Sre­brenica by eth­nic Serb forces. In­ter­na­tional courts said it was geno­cide. The ban­ner “in­sults in the most ab­hor­rent way the sport­ing spirit of foot­ball and Greek hos­pi­tal­ity,” the fed­er­a­tion says. FIFA is ex­pected to open a dis­ci­plinary case.

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