Fans in Poland who protested against Ukraine have been hit with karma
Slask fans who hung anti-Ukrainian banners will be banned from attending soccer matches. The Wroclaw-based soccer club has already said that it knew nothing about the action and is going to punish the organizers.
Slask emphasized that the text on the banners is not the club's position in a commentary for the Polish publication Sportowe Fakty. The appearance of the banners and their small size indicates that they were not delivered to the stadium ready-made.
"The text could have been already written at the stadium (for example, in the toilet, where we do not have supervision according to the regulations). At the same time, we remind you that the guards do not have the right to personal inspection," Sportowe Fakty quoted Slask representatives as saying.
The club also noted that the match was attended by 17 thousand fans, who were overwhelmingly focused on supporting their team and in no way showed their views and opinions unrelated to the sporting event.
It is not the first time Slask is a part of a scandal with banners against Ukrainians. Many are demanding a fine for the club from the Polish Football Association.
"Every day we work closely with both the Polish Football Association and Ekstraklasa [Polish championship. - Ed.], we are working together to improve the safety of matches at the stadiums. We declare ourselves open to cooperation and dialog to jointly counteract unfair practices," the Wroclaw team's press office said.
Ekstraklasa Disciplinary Committee will consider the incident during the next meeting on Wednesday, August 2.
The ultras of Slask were already caught in a similar scandal in October last year. They hung an anti-Ukrainian banner at the home match of the 11th round of the national championship against Varta (0:2).
Earlier, Slask was fined 15,000 zlotys (~3200 euros) for its fans displaying a banner that reads "This is not our war". The banner also featured a crossed-out Ukrainian trident on a red-and-black background.