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Liverpool, Genk condemn Origi banner as ‘racist stereotype’

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GENK, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 22: Divock Origi of Liverpool FC pictured during the Stadium Walk of Liverpool ahead of the Champions league game between KRC Genk and Liverpool FC at the Luminus Arena on October 22, 2019 in Genk, Belgium, 22/10/2019. (Photo by Tomas Sisk / Photo News) via Getty Images)

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Liverpool has issued a strong statement condemning a racist banner hung by Genk fans prior to the Reds’ UEFA Champions League match in Belgium on Wednesday.

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The banner showed the Photoshopped head of former Genk academy and current Liverpool striker Divock Origi on a naked body next to the Champions League trophy.

Our partners at Sky Sports say that Genk as a club has condemned the banner as “highly offensive” and vows to bring the offending parties to justice.

“Liverpool Football Club condemns the offensive banner displayed in our section of the ground, prior to kick off. 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 24-year-old Origi left Genk’s academy for Lille’s academy in 2010.

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