Cape Town - Anderlecht midfielder Steven Defour was sent off on his return to former club Standard Liege on Sunday after home fans unveiled a graphic banner targeting the Belgium international.
Defour, who spent five years with Standard before signing for Portuguese side Porto in 2011, was already on a yellow card when he was sent off for kicking the ball at the home fans during Anderlecht's 2-0 defeat at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne.
The giant banner, which was unfurled before kick off, showed a man holding a sword and a cartoon of Defour's severed head with the words "Red or Dead".
The 26-year-old Belgium international apologised for his actions on Instagram saying: "Apologies to my fans... although I do not understand the red card -- you can not see or hear the referee."
Former Standard captain Defour joined arch rivals Anderlecht in August after spending three years with Porto.
The offensive banner: