Cyprus Mail

Footie fan sought over racist banner

Police are searching for a man suspected of engaging in racist conduct during a football match that took place in Larnaca during the weekend before the last.

The man is believed to be a fan of the Apoel football club. He is wanted in connection with an offensive banner flashed by Apoel fans during their team’s league game away to AEK on September 12.

The banner read: “Refugees go home.” It evidently referred to people fleeing the Middle East, some of whom have sought refuge in Cyprus.
Anyone with information on the wanted person’s whereabouts is asked to contact Larnaca CID (call 24804060 or 24804072), their nearest police station or the citizens hotline (call 1460).

Police launched an investigation after images of the banner were posted on the Internet and social media.
Apoel had issued a statement on its Facebook page, stating that such displays “have nothing to do with the values and ideals of the majority of our supporters.”

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