This has nothing to do with soccer in Southern California, but as a Monty Python fan I cherish stupid bureaucratic tricks like this:
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — European soccer’s governing body has barred Bayern Munich fans from displaying a Monty Python-inspired banner at a Champions League match because it could offend visiting fans from the Italian club AS Roma.
The Union of European Football Associations says the banner saying “Romani ite domum” — Latin for “Romans Go Home” — supporters wanted to display at Wednesday’s match 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.
In a statement, UEFA says: “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.”
Don’t forget to check out today’s UEFA CL games around 11:30 a.m. and the following for a pre-game boost: