UEFA: Not Big Fans Of DissentBy: The Offside | January 18th, 2013
The good fans of Ajax unveiled this banner against Manchester City in the Champions League this fall, and so the club, Ajax, has been hit with a 10,000 euros fine. You know – for voicing their opinion against the current state of football in which the chasm between the uber-rich and everyone else grows ever greater by the hour.
“Petty” and “totalitarian” are starts.
During their Champions League match at home to Manchester City in October, Ajax fans unveiled a banner with the motto “Against Modern Football”, beneath a cartoon of a sheik holding a bag embossed with a dollar sign, the image presented as a stop sign with a red line through it. Another slogan read “€80 for the away section is ridiculous”, and there were banners with offensive messages aimed at Manchester City, Chelsea, Red Bull Salzburg and Red Bull Leipzig.
Uefa’s official stance was that the Dutch club was fined for “display of a provocative and inappropriate banner”.
Even better, however, is the Guardian having to amend the story:
This article was amended on 18 January to correct the use of “their” in place of “there”
See? Everybody does it.