From the world of UEFA Champions League soccer this week comes an item of interest … here’s a little excerpt from Sports Illustrated:
The Union of European Football Associations said the banner reading “Romani ite domum” – Latin for “Romans Go Home” – was considered provocative.
The slogan references a scene in the movie comedy Monty Python’s “Life of Brian.” UEFA did approve the German fans displaying a “Life of Bayern” flag at the Allianz Arena.
… and UEFA’s reasons:
In a statement, UEFA said: “Anything that may cause offense to a fan base or ethnic group, and therefore pose a security risk, including banners or symbols, is carefully vetted.”
… I guess UEFA didn’t want the crowd to get all ‘Classical’ on Bayern’s collective posteriors …
Sadly, the Romani do seem to have gone home in this one, losing 2-0 on goals by Klose and Mueller. To console myself, of course, I did the expected watching of a fave scene (you knew this was coming):