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UEFA bars Bayern Munich fans' Monty Python banner

NYON, Switzerland — 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 Association 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 approved 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."

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