Bayern Munich faces stadium part-closure as punishment for ‘gay Gunners’ banner
German football team Bayern Munich has been subjected to a part closure of its stadium after some fans displayed a banner with the words “gay Gunners” during a match against Arsenal.
It happened earlier this month at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
Reports previously suggested that the team could be fined in the region of £50,000, however UEFA has now announced that it will instead face a part-closure of its stadium in a high-profile match next month.
Its match against Manchester United on 9 April will see a sector of the Allianz Arena closed for the “illicit banner”.
UEFA said in a statement that because of “Bayern supporters… displaying of an illicit banner, the UEFA control and disciplinary body has decided to order the partial closure of the [Allianz Arena] in particular, the closure of sector 124 for Bayern’s next UEFA competition home match, namely their UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester United on April 9.”
Arsenal Football Club’s LGBT supporters group, ‘Gay Gooners’ was established in early 2013.