Lyon supporters have become the second group of fans to display a 'refugees not welcome' banner during one of their club's games, amid the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.
The banner, cut into three parts, appeared during the club's 0-0 draw at home against Lille at the Stade Gerland on Saturday and comes in stark contrast to the displays of pro-refugee sentiment shown in Germany's Bundesliga divisions and across English football.
According to a tweet by radio station journalist Charly Moriceau, the banner was removed within five minutes of being held up in the ground. Television cameras broadcasting the Ligue 1 fixture failed to capture footage of the banner.
La banderole "Refugees not welcome" était juste derrière moi. Au début j'avais pas vu le "Not". Ça a été enlevé en 5 mn. Sacrés génies.— Charly M. (@SeriousCharly) September 12, 2015
Another image, reportedly taken before the game in the Saint-Georges region of the city, shows a group of supporters with the banner before it was cut into three parts. The group can also be seen with a flag bearing 'Mezza', the name of one of the club's supporters groups.
Lyon-Lille 12.09.2015. "Refugees not welcome" pic.twitter.com/BAecIheHWW— It's an ultra life (@itsultralife01) September 12, 2015
Earlier this week, Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv, who face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Wednesday, also displayed a banner reading 'refugees not welcome' before their game against Kiryat Shmona.
Both Lyon and Maccabi Tel Aviv, as clubs involved in the Champions League, have pledged to donate €1 from every ticket sold at their first home game to aid those fleeing from war-torn countries and attempting to build a better life in Europe.
Clubs including Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund have pledged money and resources to the various charities supporting refugees caught up in the crisis, while a national 'day of action' across English football on Saturday saw supporters of numerous clubs display their solidarity with those suffering on the continent.
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