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Bayern Munich faces stadium part-closure as punishment for ‘gay Gunners’ banner

Joseph McCormick March 24, 2014

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.

The banner featured the words ‘Gay Gunners’ and a sketch of Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil in front of the north London club’s cannon emblem.

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.

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