Liverpool forward Divock Origi is at a center of another racism storm after some Reds’ fans displayed a banner mocking the size of his manhood before Wednesday’s UCL match against Genk In Belgium.
Before kickoff, Liverpool fans displayed a banner showing a naked image with the Liverpool’s forward head. The club moved with speed to remove the image.
The Reds further went to release a statement condemning the incident and terming the behavior unacceptable. They further revealed that they are working with the authorities to identify the culprits.
“This is completely unacceptable. Liverpool Football Club condemns the offensive banner displayed in our section of the ground, prior to kick-off. We acted swiftly to have the banner removed and we are now working with the local authorities and stadium team in Genk to identify those responsible. Any subsequent action will be taken in keeping with our sanctions process,” read the statement.
The issue of racism has been on the rise in Europe in recent months. Tammy Abraham, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling, Tyrone Mings are some of the players that have been on the receiving end of distasteful racial abuses.
FIFA and UEFA’s efforts to curb the vice bore no fruits as calls for the total eradication of the vice continues.
Liverpool fans unveil a Divock Origi banner in Genk. Must have seemed like a good idea at the time. pic.twitter.com/nanSN73PJh
— Once A Tim Blog (@once_tim) October 23, 2019
If you don't understand why the Divock Origi banner is racist, you need some educating.
— Rayhaan (@RayhaanParwez) October 23, 2019
Not only is that Divock Origi banner offensive and embarrassing, it’s fucking shite as well. Imagine thinking making that and taking it to a game is a good idea.
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) October 23, 2019
Divock Origi is said to bave taken massive offence at that banner tonight. "My cock is much bigger than that " said the Belgian forward.
— David Hickman (@DavidHickman87) October 23, 2019
Liverpool fans been accused of racism cos of this pic of Divock Origi. Is it racist? pic.twitter.com/seRlKKasoW
— Elvis Royal (@royal_elvis) October 23, 2019