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Football: Hungary foreign minister slams UEFA after sanctions over fan discrimination

Hungary's foreign minister called European football's governing body UEFA a "pitiful" organisation on Saturday (Jul 10) for its decision to order Hungary to play their next two games behind closed doors due to their fans' discriminatory behaviour.

Football: Hungary foreign minister slams UEFA after sanctions over fan discrimination

Hungary's Minister for External Economy and Foreign Affairs Peter Szijjarto gestures during a General Affairs meeting in Luxembourg on Jun 22, 2021. (File photo: Reuters/John Thys, Pool)

Hungary's foreign minister called European football's governing body UEFA a "pitiful" organisation on Saturday (Jul 10) for its decision to order Hungary to play their next two games behind closed doors due to their fans' discriminatory behaviour.

"The committee that makes a decision like that is a pitiful and cowardly body. They should be ashamed of themselves," Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on his Facebook page.

"Just like in communism: No need for evidence, it's enough to have unanimous reports."

UEFA on Friday ordered Hungary to play its next two internationals with no fans due to discriminatory behaviour in the crowd during European Championship matches in Budapest.

In Hungary's opener at Budapest's Puskas Arena, images on social media showed banners in the crowd with "Anti-LMBTQ" on them - the Hungarian abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.

Ahead of another match, fans marched to the arena with a banner calling on players to stop taking a knee to protest at discrimination.

UEFA told the Hungarian Football Federation (HFF) that it must play its next three UEFA competition matches behind closed doors, the third of which will be suspended for a probationary period of two years.

The national federation was also fined €100,000 (US$119,000) for the behaviour of its supporters.

UEFA also ordered the HFF to display a banner with the wording "Equal Game" during its upcoming matches without spectators in the stadium.

Source: Reuters/kg

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