I canâ€™t make this up but apparently UEFA, the governing body of European football, has no sense of humor, or at least no reference to great movies. Here’s the story fresh from the AP Wire:
UEFA bars Bayern Munich fans’ Monty Python banner
NYON, Switzerland (AP) â€” UEFA has barred Bayern Munich fans from displaying a Monty Python-inspired banner at a Champions League match because it could offend visiting fans from Italian club Roma.
UEFA says the intended banner saying â€œRomani ite domumâ€ â€” Latin for â€œRomans Go Homeâ€ â€” at Wednesday’s match was considered provocative.
The slogan references a scene in the movie comedy Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
However, UEFA approved the German fans displaying a â€˜Life of Bayernâ€™ flag at the Allianz Arena.
In a statement, UEFA says: â€œAnything that may cause offence to a fan base or ethnic group, and therefore pose a security risk, including banners or symbols, is carefully vetted.â€
Really UEFA? Was it this bad?