Polish football club condemned its fans for a homophobic banner

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Polish football club Legia Warsaw has condemned an anti-gay banner that was displayed by fans at a football game at Polish Army stadium on March 1st. A spokesperson for Legia Warsaw said that its stadium is not a place for political agitation or promoting any ideology as their key value is a mutual respect. The banner was an apparent response to Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski’s public declaration in support of LGBT+ rights, which was made with backlash, though the club claimed to have been apolitical. “We are appealing to the media not to mix Legia Warsaw with current political and ideological conflicts as part of ongoing election campaigns,” they said, asking not to use the club’s name in political disputes as it might be socially harmful and will affect the club’s reputation. Although the club condemned the banner, the statement does not specifically refer to homophobia or sexual orientation. Polish football fans have long faced a reputation for violent hooliganism associated with far-right politics.

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