“To be clear, the picture used perpetuated a racist stereotype,” mentioned Liverpool in a press release despatched to CNN. “That is fully unacceptable.”
Hung within the away finish of the Luminus Area in Genk, the banner featured an image of Origi’s head on a unadorned physique standing subsequent to the Champions League trophy.
It was taken down earlier than the sport had kicked off after the membership was made conscious of its presence.
Liverpool insists it would take motion towards these chargeable for the banner.
“We acted swiftly to have the banner eliminated and we at the moment are working with the native authorities and stadium crew in Genk to establish these accountable,” added the Liverpool assertion.
“Any subsequent motion might be taken in step with our sanctions course of.”
Origi, who spent his creating years within the youth set-up at Genk, was named as an alternative choice to the sport in Belgium. He got here on within the 80th minute.
Liverpool gained the sport Four-1 with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring twice earlier than Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah bought in on the act.
The incident comes at a time the place numerous high-profile racist incidents have taken place inside the world of soccer.
Liverpool should now wait to seek out out if it will likely be punished by UEFA, the sport’s European governing physique, for the banner.
The incident soured Liverpool’s victory secured by two objectives from Oxlade-Chamberlain, the second of which was a splendidly executed end with the surface of his proper foot.
Additional objectives by Mane and Salah accomplished the win, although Stephen Odey did web a late comfort for the house aspect.
“All 4 objectives had been sensible and will have scored extra,” Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp advised BT Sport. “Job completed, maybe in years earlier than we’d have drawn the sport or misplaced. It was intense however (we wish) extra focus smart.”
It means Liverpool now has six factors from its three group video games in Group E, one adrift of chief Napoli which overcame Pink Bull Salzburg Three-2 in Austria.