Greek fans unfurl “Noz, zica, Srebrenica,” banner. Time to act.

On November 13th, 2016 the Greek national football team hosted Bosnia and Herzegovina in Athens, as part of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers.

Shortly before the game, several Bosnian fans were attacked and injured by Greek ultras around the stadium where the match was set to take place.

During the course of the match, Greek fans threw objects onto the field, but worse, unfurled a banner reading “Noz, zica, Srebrenica.”  This translates to “Knife, wire, Srebrenica,” and refers to the genocidal killing of over 8,000 people in the town of Srebrenica and surrounding areas during the Bosnian war.

This was clear, political and religious hate speech on the part of the Greek fans.  The Greek football federation, as well as the stadium officials failed to intervene and act.  The banner and the actions of the Greek fans are subject to the 2016 UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, specifically Article 16, Section 2e and Article 14.

We demand that UEFA and FIFA investigate the matter and proceed accordingly.  Such clear hate speech, beckoning on fascism and genocide cannot be tolerated anywhere, especially during sporting events.

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Take a moment to contact UEFA here.  You can also contact FIFA here.

Specifically, copy and paste the message above and send it.  Share this with as many people as possible.  UEFA has failed to investigate similar incidents in the past.  We can no longer accept this as a normal standard.

You can also call UEFA +41 (0) 848 00 2727

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