Liverpool condemn fans' 'highly offensive' banner of Divock Origi before Genk clash
LIVERPOOL slammed fans who unfurled an offensive banner featuring Divock Origi.
Uefa are likely to hit the Merseyside club with a misconduct charge after supporters displayed the image ahead of the Champions League match.
The banner made reference to Origi's manhood using an image of the viral 'WhatsApp Guy' with the Belgian forward's face photoshopped in.
A Liverpool spokesman said: "The banner is highly offensive and inappropriate.
"We condemn its use at the game tonight and sought to have it removed as soon as we became aware.
"We will look into identifying those responsible for bringing it into the stadium and act accordingly.
"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."
The banner was taken down 35 minutes before kick-off at the Luminus Arena.
Origi came through the youth ranks at Genk before joining Lille in 2010 and Liverpool four years later.
Liverpool take on the Belgian champions looking to win their first away group stage game in the Champions League since a 7-0 win against Maribor in October 2017.
The song was heard during the 5-1 win over Norwich, with footage shared online.
Villa supporters also criticised the chant on social media as the fan base tries to stamp out the behaviour.
And in 2017, Kick It Out asked Manchester United to ban their fans singing a similar song relating to striker Romelu Lukaku.
Liverpool have condemned an "offensive and inappropriate" banner which was hung 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
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