Croatians use massacre allusion banner to harass Canada goalkeeper

The 35-year-old goalkeeper and his family were harassed in the stands at the Khalifa International

28 november
– 04:29

(updated at 6:25 am)

Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan (Photo: Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan (Photo: Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

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Goalkeeper Milan Borjan of Canada was harassed in Canada’s defeat by Croatia in the second round of Group F of the World Cup. Croatian fans cursed the 35-year-old goalkeeper and his family, and displayed a banner in reference to a massacre that took place in 1995.

The reason for the banner at the Khalifa International Stadium involves political issues. Milan Borjan, who was born in 1987 in the Croatian city of Knin, has already stated that he is a native of the Serbian Republic of Krajina, which in 1991 proclaimed itself independent from Croatia amid the end of Yugoslavia. He fled the region with his parents in this massacre.

The banner displayed read “Knin 1995: nothing runs like Borjan”, citing the goalkeeper’s “flight”. The banner also quotes “John Deere”, a worldwide tractor company, because, in the massacre, Serbs left the region using tractors.

Canada has not scored points in the two rounds of the World Cup and is eliminated. In the first round, the team lost to Belgium by 1 to 0 and, in the second, was thrashed by Croatia by 4 to 1. To close the group stage, the duel will be against Morocco, on Thursday (1), at 12 pm (from Brasilia).

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