One of the teams in a children’s football tournament in the village of Kocernin near Siroki Brijeg in Herzegovina was named after a WW2-era fascist formation.

RTRS, the public broadcaster of the Serb Republic – the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina – reported that the team was called “the Black Legion” – while the black jerseys worn by the boys featured the design of the Croatian coat of arms used by the Ustasha.

The Black Legion, the report added, was also the name of an “elite” Ustasha unit.

The Ustasha regime was in power in the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) – a WW2 Nazi-allied entity that ran death camps for Serbs, Jews, and Roma.

The team in question received an award from the local Catholic parish priest, Mario Knezovic, who was also photographed with the children.

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