Uefa imposes sanctions on Hungary for fans’ racist behaviour at Euro 2020 – The Guardian - Techy Hunters


Friday, July 9, 2021

Uefa imposes sanctions on Hungary for fans’ racist behaviour at Euro 2020 – The Guardian

Hungary must play their next two European qualifiers behind closed doors after Uefa confirmed homophobic and racist behaviour by supporters at all three of the country’s Euro 2020 group games.

Scenes of Hungary fans in black shirts marching against players taking the knee, and supporters waving homophobic banners in the stands of the Puskas Arena, were two unpleasant images that lingered in the early weeks of the tournament.

Initially Uefa appeared ambivalent about the problems. After announcing an investigation into events in Budapest, it prevented the Allianz Arena in Munich from projecting the rainbow symbol of LGBTQ+ pride before Germany’s match against Hungary, declaring it a “political” act. But after the match, Uefa announced another investigation after reports of homophobic chanting and banners inside the ground. Now, with the Euros set to finish on Sunday night when England face Italy, Uefa has ruled that the Hungarian support had indeed engaged in “discriminatory behaviour” at all three matches.

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Under the terms of the punishment, Hungary will play two games behind closed doors with a third suspended for two years depending on the behaviour of crowds on their return. The Hungarian Football Federation must also pay a €100,000 fine and display a banner with the slogan “#EqualGame” throughout the two crowdless matches.

The ban applies only to Uefa competitions and so will not come into effect until next summer in the Nations League. A two-game supporter ban is twice the punishment imposed on Bulgaria for the racist abuse directed by fans at England players during their European Championship qualifier in 2019.

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