Saturday 16 December 2017

Legia Warsaw mark 70-year anniversary of Warsaw Uprising with enormous anti-Nazi tifo

Legia Warsaw have landed themselves in hot water in the past for displaying political banners during games but this may be the most striking we have ever seen.

It is 70 years since the Polish resistance army rose up against their Nazi occupiers on August 1, 1944 in the city and the Legia fans wanted to mark the occasion.

They displayed an enormous tifo depicting a Nazi officer with a gun to a child's head with the message: 'During the Warsaw uprising Germans killed 160 000 people,thousands of them were children'.

The chilling, but powerful, image inspired Legia to a 1-0 win over Astana last night but they failed to reach the Champions League qualification playoff stage, losing 3-2 on aggregate.

It's not the first time banners coming from the club's stands have attracted controversy.

In 2014, UEFA charged the club over a display criticising their disputed exit from the Champions League.

It followed their fans unfurling an image of a pig imposed on a UEFA badge with the slogan: “Because Football Doesn’t Matter, Money Does”.

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The banner Legia Warsaw unfurled in 2014

Their latest display could see them charged again but it is unlikely to deter them.

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