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Racist graffiti covers football stadium

VANDALS painted 37 swastikas in Nitra's football stadium after a charity football match promoting anti-racist sentiments had been held on the pitch by a local foundation.

Nitra's Na Sihoti stadium was virtually covered with the swastikas and several racist slogans on June 22, according to the Slovak daily SME. The biggest swastika - four metres long - was painted in the middle of the pitch. One was found on a refreshment stand and several more covered the back of the stands.

Nitra mayor Ferdinand Vítek said that his town rushed to clean the inscriptions, while police tried to track down the perpetrators, who will be prosecuted for promoting fascism if found.

"It is sad that such a thing has happened here, but we are not indifferent to it," Vítek said.

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