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09/14/2015 08:24 EDT | Updated 09/14/2015 08:59 EDT

Toronto FC Fans' 'Refugees Welcome' Banner Ordered Removed

The banner was up for an estimated 20 minutes.

People all over the world have been waving "Refugees welcome" banners at events such as soccer games and concerts in response to the millions who have been displaced by fighting in Syria.

Some Toronto FC supporters would love to wave such a banner too ... if only Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) would let them.

Soccer fan Ciaran Breen unfurled the following banner at a game on Sunday.

But then this happened.

This development comes after German soccer clubs Borussia Dortmund and St. Pauli hoisted a united "Refugees Welcome" banner last week, CBC News reported.

But not all soccer clubs have been as welcoming.

Fans of Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv were spotted with a "Refugees not welcome" banner at a game against Kiryat Shmona, The Daily Mirror reported.

But fans of another Israeli club, Hapoel Tel Aviv, hoisted a banner in Hebrew that said, "Who isn't a migrant here?"

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has counted a total of 4,088,099 registered refugees from Syria.

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