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the pro-Packers banner that was hung on the inside wall of the Panthers stadium.

'It was a Green Bay banner in Bank of America Stadium.

It just doesn't match,' Newton said after Sunday's game 'No disrespect to any Green Bay Packer. It's just a respect thing.

We take pride in having the edge of playing in Bank of America stadium, playing in front of the Carolinas each and every week. … I was passing, the sign was dangling either somebody was going to have to take it off or I take it off.

Again, it's no disrespect to no one. It's more of a respect to the stadium.'

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he's spoken to Newton about ripping down the banner, but wouldn't elaborate on what he told the fifth-year quarterback.

Rivera said the issue is a 'side story' and that it is 'being taken care of.'

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy in an email to The Associated Press that Newton will not be subject to discipline in the matter and there is 'no issue here at the league' with the incident.

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