German soccer club Bayern Munich could pay a fine of about $83,000 for an anti-gay sign unfurled during a match against Arsenal on Tuesday.
Displayed by Bayern fans in a Champions League match at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, the banner read, "Gay Gunners," with Arsenal's signature cannon pointing at a caricature of Mesut Ozil, who plays for Arsenal but is also a member of Germany's national team.
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The Telegraph noted that because this is Bayern's first offense since the Union of European Football Associations cracked down on discriminatory behavior this season, "[Bayern] will escape with a fine, which could be in the region of £50,000."
According to The Guardian, a group called Football Against Racism In Europe initiated the complaint. An official with UEFA said it would announce shortly how it will proceed.
UEFA was already investigating a political sign at the match that called on soccer's world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, to fully recognize Kosovo. Sky Sports noted that Bayern player Xherdan Shaqiri is from the Kosovo region but plays for Switzerland in international matches.
(Hat tip, Deadspin)
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