Sunday 20 June 2021
Hungary is likely to face investigations from the European Football Association (UEFA) after allegations that the French national team players were subjected to racist abuse during the match between the French and Hungarian teams, which was held on Saturday in the European Nations Cup (Euro 2020).
The Hungarian national team tied with its French counterpart 1-1 yesterday at the Puskas Arena in the Hungarian capital Budapest in the second round of Group F matches.
A reporter for the German news agency (dpa) who was in the stadium, said that the imitation of monkey sounds was heard when French striker Kylian Mbappe moved with the ball.
French star Karim Benzema, of Algerian origin, was also subjected to verbal abuse.
The stadium witnessed the attendance of more than 55,000 fans, most of whom are Hungarian, as Budapest is the only one of the cities hosting the Euro 2020 competitions that allows the mass attendance of the full capacity of the stands in light of the emerging Corona virus pandemic.
Hungary had previously been sanctioned by the football authorities for racist behavior on the part of fans.
The Hungarian national team will play its third and last match in Group F against its German host in Munich next Wednesday.
It should be noted that the Munich City Council received a request to light up the Allianz Arena in rainbow colors during the match between Germany and Hungary, in protest against the policy of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
“The capital of Bavaria is committed to diversity, tolerance and true equality in sport and in society as a whole,” said the request from the various parties in the state of Bavaria.
This comes after the Hungarian Parliament approved on June 15 a bill restricting the information rights of young people with regard to homosexuality and transsexualism.