Budapest / 10.07.2021 09:48:04
Hungary’s three-game closed-door ban on Hungary due to discriminatory behavior by its fans is “pathetic” and “cowardly” for the use of “snitches”, said the Foreign Minister, Péter Szijjártó this Saturday.
“The commission that has made that decision is a pathetic and cowardly entity. Let them be ashamed! “, Szijjártó said in a brief message on the social network Facebook.
The UEFA informed yesterday of the sanction to the Federation of Soccer of Hungary (MLSZ) phear the discriminatory behavior of their fans during three Eurocup matches, Hungary vs Portugal on June 15, Hungary vs France on June 19 and Germany vs Hungary on June 23.
Hungary’s next three home games will be played behind closed doors, although the third of them is suspended on the condition that the fans do not repeat offenders for two years.
Additionally the MLSZ will have to pay a fine of 100,000 euros and during the matches that your team plays behind closed doors you will have to unfurling a banner with the #EqualGame hashtag with the UEFA logo on it.
“It seems that UEFA continues to use previously known informants in the stands (…), who have nothing other than to write reports on what they have said (or have not said) in the stands. As in communism: it is not necessary to have proof, the accusation of the informer is enough “, adds the minister.
According to the leader of Hungarian diplomacy, UEFA has not sanctioned other cases, such as when the public used laser pointers or entered the field, although without mentioning concrete examples.
Although Szijjártó does not deny that there was “discriminatory behavior” in the matches, he does recall that the stands of Puskás Aréna were full in the matches, something that he described as ” an eternal memory for all “.
The public in Hungary generated criticism already before the Eurocup matches, such as when in a friendly against Ireland reacted with boos when the Irish got down on their knees in a gesture against racism.
UEFA said on June 20 that it was investigating the matches that Hungary played against Portugal and France, for cases such as the boos and racist screams when Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema they touched the ball.