An anti-Muslim banner has been condemned by the AFL after it was hung at the MCG during the game between Collingwood and Richmond on Friday night.
The banner, which read “Go Pies! Stop the Mosques”, was displayed beneath the scoreboard during the second quarter of the match.
It had the initials UPF on it.
Far-right group the United Patriots Front, who claimed to be responsible, posted a picture of the banner last night on their Facebook page with the caption “MCG. Aussie pride” as well as a video showing a number of people hoisting up the banner with the caption “Rise without fear”.
The banner was removed by MCG security with the patrons being evicted but not before attracting outrage from TV viewers and attendees on Twitter.
The president of the Collingwood Football Club, Eddie McGuire, called on those responsible to be banned from football.
“The AFL condemns the behaviour in the strongest terms and such actions have no place in society, and not in our game,” said a League spokesperson shortly after the match.
The matter is currently being investigated by the police, the league and MCG security.
Here are just some of the reactions on Twitter below:
— Ahmed Saad (@ahmedsaad23) April 1, 2016
Would you like some casual Islamophobia with your AFL, sir?
— Mariam Veiszadeh (@MariamVeiszadeh) April 1, 2016
Only just caught up with the racist banner story. Football doesn't want you, dickheads, don't infest us with your hatred. #AFLPiesTigers
— Rohan Connolly (@rohan_connolly) April 1, 2016
— MJ Leaver (@MJLeaver) April 1, 2016
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