Legia Warsaw fans mocked UEFA on Thursday evening with another banner in response to a fine handed to the club for a tifo unfurled earlier this month marking the 73rd anniversary of the city’s uprising.
Ahead of the Europa League play-off clash with FC Sherriff, which ended 1-1, Warsaw supporters displayed a banner featuring a pig holding a bowl in front of the UEFA badge with the words ‘And the 35,000€ fine goes to…’
The Polish club was punished and fined £31,000 after unfurling a large banner prior to their Champions League qualifier with Astana on August 2, which depicted a soldier with a gun to a child’s head and the words: ‘During the Warsaw Uprising Germans killed 160,000 people. Thousands of them were children’.
Legia Warsaw fans mocked UEFA with a new banner after being fined for an earlier tifo
It was backed by fans in the home end holding up cards to form the white and red Polish flag, with ‘1944’ embedded within it in black to mark the year of the uprising during the Second World War. The club also held a minute’s silence prior to kick-off.
The uprising, which began on August 1, 1944, attempted to drive the advancing German army out of the city but ended in January 1945 after significant loss of life and with 85 per cent of Warsaw said to have been destroyed.
Legia won the match 1-0 but were still knocked out following the Khazakhstan champions’ 3-1 victory in the first leg.
But while their Champions League participation was cut short for this season, they will be hoping to reach the Europa League group stages by beating FC Sherriff in next week’s second leg in Moldova following Thursday’s 1-1 draw. Kasper Hamalainen gave the hosts the lead on 76 minutes before Cyrille Bayala equalised with just three minutes remaining.
Legia Warsaw fans unveiled this provocative banner earlier this month, marking the Warsaw uprising anniversary, and were fined €35,000 by UEFA
It is not the first time the club’s displays have caused controversy, with a banner criticising UEFA and reading ‘because football doesn’t matter, money does’ landing them a £63,000 fine after it was displayed in 2014.
The banner, surrounded by lit flares, showed a large pig imposed on a UEFA badge and was a response to being eliminated from that season’s Champions League for fielding an ineligible player, against Celtic in a game they won 6-1.
The club were fined again in September 2016 due to a number of disturbances in their clash with Borussia Dortmund, which also led to them being forced to play Real Madrid behind closed doors after being handed a stadium ban.
Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body listed charges including crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks and stairways blocked at the Polish side’s home ground.
It is likely they will be punished again for their latest showing.
It is not the first time Legia have used provocative banners, such as this aimed at UEFA in 2014