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UEFA have launched an investigation into ‘potential discriminatory chants’ during Hungary’s matches against Portugal and France.
Banners displayed by some sections of Hungary fans during the two Euro 2020 matches while photographs emerged on social media demonstrating they were voicing opposition against the LGBTQ+ community during Portugal match on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, there was a further demonstration by fans ahead of the France clash on Saturday against the taking of a knee before kick-off.
Matches in Hungary are being played in front of a near-full Puskas Arena.
There were no formal complaints made after Hungary vs France by FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe), an anti-discrimination network who send observers to UEFA matches to report incidents of abuse on unwelcome environments.
They have to capture things they would consider reportable to a legal standard.
A UEFA statement on Sunday read: “In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, an UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding potential discriminatory incidents which occurred in the Puskas Arena, Budapest, during the 2020 European Championship group stage matches between the national teams of Hungary and Portugal on 15 June 2021 and between the national teams of Hungary and France played on 19 June 2021.”
The Hungarian FA told The Athletic: “The Hungarian Football Federation and the Hungarian National Team gives maximum respect to everyone, be they a teammate, an opponent, a fan or anyone else. Football could become the most popular sport in the world precisely because it belongs to everyone.
“Our federation has been fighting all forms of hatred and discrimination for years as part of its ‘Hate is not OK’ campaign. The flag in question was removed from the stadium as soon as it was noticed.”
It was a fantastic spectacle on the pitch with Hungary claiming a surprise 1-1 draw against the world champions.
Germany’s 4-2 win over Portugal leaves France top of Group F, ahead of the Die Mannschaft and the Portuguese, while the Hungarians are bottom with a point but all nations have a chance of reaching the last-16.
The final of Euro 2020 is due to be played at Wembley in London on July 11, however, it’s been suggested it could be move to Budapest due to UK quarantine laws and the fact that the Puskas Arena has been played in front of near-capacity crowds.