Maybe Bayern fans should “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”

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:

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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!
  • redders

    Why didn’t the fans haggle? They could have pointed out that it was far less offensive than “shut up big nose”.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Nick, I’m disappointed that none of the people in that clip looks like Tim Leiweke…