Anti-mosque banner condemned by Australian Football League

Melbourne: The Australian Football League (AFL) and Collingwood club have condemned fans who displayed an anti-mosque banner during a game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday night.

The banner featured the insignia of far right group United Patriots Front which was later taken down and the fans who were responsible for it were asked to leave the ground.

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan said in a statement on Saturday that the banner displayed at the game between Collingwood, who are called the Magpies, and Richmond was "divisive, ignorant and deeply offensive".

"The sentiment on that banner, and the use of our game to push divisive and ignorant commentary will be rejected by our supporters and our clubs," he added.

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