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18:40  24 october  2019
18:40  24 october  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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Liverpool have described a banner depicting Divock Origi with a large penis as ‘highly offensive and inappropriate’ and pledged to act against whoever brought it into the away section in Genk on Wednesday.

Liverpool have condemned an " offensive and inappropriate" banner which was displayed in the away end before the Champions League match in Genk. The banner , featuring a photoshopped picture of striker Divock Origi , was taken down as soon as the club were made aware of its existence.

Divock Origi wearing a red shirt © Getty

Merseyside and Belgian Police are assisting an investigation into the "offensive" banner that depicted Divock Origi at Genk on Wednesday.

Liverpool, who said the banner "perpetuated a racist stereotype", are searching for the culprit while UEFA awaits reports from the Champions League group game, including one from anti-racism group FARE.

It has since emerged that the same banner - also condemned by Liverpool fan group Spirit of Shankly - was on display among hundreds of others in the Liverpool end at last season's Champions League final in Madrid.

Whether the banner is deemed merely "offensive" or in fact "racist" will prove crucial towards any sanctions UEFA decides to impose, with penalties for the latter being considerably stronger.

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The ‘highly offensive and inappropriate’ banner of Divock Origi that was removed from the Liverpool section before the team’s 4-1 victory in “We condemn its use at the game tonight and sought to have it removed as soon as we became aware. We will look to identify those responsible for bringing it into

The banner , featuring a photoshopped picture of striker Divock Origi , was taken down as soon as the club were made aware of its existence. "The banner is highly offensive and inappropriate. We condemn its use and we will look to identify those responsible for bringing it into the stadium."

( Photo by Peter De Voecht / Photonews via Getty Images) © Getty ( Photo by Peter De Voecht / Photonews via Getty Images)

Liverpool were infuriated by the image and immediately set about having it removed on the night, branding it "completely unacceptable".

"Liverpool Football Club condemns the offensive banner displayed in our section of the ground, prior to kick-off," they said. "To be clear, the image used perpetuated a racist stereotype. This is completely unacceptable.

"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."

Fan group Spirit of Shankly added: "We oppose all forms of racism. We have seen the club have taken swift action in the removal of this offensive banner, which perpetuates racial stereotyping.

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Liverpool have issued a statement condemning a banner described as being 'highly offensive ' and racist, the banner was based on Divock Origi 's The graphic image in question photoshopped Origi ’s face onto a popular photo that has been used as a meme over the years, which depicts a man with a

Liverpool have condemned an " offensive and inappropriate" banner which was displayed in the away end The banner , featuring a photoshopped picture of striker Divock Origi , was taken down as soon as the "The banner is highly offensive and inappropriate. We condemn its use and we will look to

Jere Uronen, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are posing for a picture: Oxlade-Chamberlain scored as Liverpool beat Genk 4-1 © Getty Oxlade-Chamberlain scored as Liverpool beat Genk 4-1

"Football isn't separate from society it's part of society and we have a responsibility in ensuring people understand that there is no room for racism. Simply banning people is not the answer. Education and reaffirming there is no place in society for discrimination has to form part of the solution."

Merseyside Police said: "We can confirm Merseyside Police officers assisting local police at the Genk v Liverpool fixture on Wednesday night (October 23) removed a banner in the Liverpool supporters section.

"We worked with Liverpool FC and the local authorities to identify the person responsible, and the local police in Belgium are now conducting an investigation."

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