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A Gym Has Apologized After Writing A Sign Saying It Would Not Admit People Of "Migrant Background"

The gym confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the sign is real.

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On Wednesday, Twitter user 161ausbildung shared a picture he took at an EasyFitness gym in Güstrow, Germany.

Läuft bei EasyFitness in Güstrow. Wegen "Terrorgefahr" keine Personen mit Migrationshintergrund mehr aufnehmen. Dre… https://t.co/DWBDC94wg7

"I runs at EasyFitness in Güstrow. Because of 'terror risk' they will not take in people with migrant background any more. Dirty racism."

The sign said that the gym would no longer welcome "citizens with migrant background."

Twitter: @161ausbildung

"Because of recent events and for the protection of our members, AS OF THIS MOMENT we will no longer accommodate fellow citizens with a migrant background. We ask for your understanding."

According to articles placed below the sign, the fitness studio was apparently reacting to the reports that three alleged potential ISIS attackers were arrested in Güstrow.

German newspaper Bild reported that they have all since been released

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The picture was met with anger from people on Twitter.

#Rassismus kennt keine Grenzen, widerlich diese abartige Begründung. https://t.co/ZmKOwaI0r3

"#Racism knows no boundaries, this absurd reasoning is disgusting."

WTF EasyFitness? https://t.co/lyUEUlz4LP

Easy Fitness: Easy Daily Rassismus. Unfassbar widerlich. https://t.co/9VK06Z1uqz

"Easy Fitness: Easy Daily Racism. Incredibly disgusting."

Some people decided to contact the gym, asking if proof of ethnicity was now needed.

Twitter: @migo_ha

"Hi, I cannot find the form for an Aryan race certificate on the website of your studio in Güstrow. Can you help me or do I have to go to the Reich Security Main Office? Best, Migo”

Following the anger, the gym published a statement on Facebook saying it welcomes "all kinds of people."

Facebook: permalink.php

"Dear Facebook community, we would like to deeply apologize about what has spread on Facebook lately.

The content spread has not been approved by the operators of this club and does not represent the philosophy of Easyfitness.

We distance ourselves clearly from these claims and still welcome all kinds of people in the future."

BuzzFeed News reached out to the gym, which confirmed that the flipchart is genuine.

The gym did not answer any further questions.

This post was translated from German.

Karsten Schmehl ist Senior Staff Writer bei BuzzFeed und lebt in Berlin.

Contact Karsten Schmehl at karsten.schmehl@buzzfeed.com.

Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Rachael Krishna at rachael.krishna@buzzfeed.com.

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