The governing body of European football says an investigation will be opened into “possible discriminatory incidents” in Budapest amid racist chants and anti-LGBTQ image displays.
Two Euro 2020 football matches in Hungary are being investigated for “possible discriminatory incidents,” UEFA said.
The governing body of European football said on Sunday that “a UEFA ethics and discipline inspector has been appointed” to conduct an investigation, without providing any details about the incidents.
The anti-discrimination group Fare, which monitors matches for incidents of racism and other forms of discrimination, sent a report to UEFA and discussed the issue with officials.
On Saturday, during Hungary’s match against France that ended in a 1-1 draw, Hungarian fans marched to the Puskas Arena displaying a banner asking players to stop kneeling to protest racism.
The French players were mistreated, with striker Kylian Mbappe greeted with monkey chants when he was on the ball. His teammate Karim Benzema was also a target for the fans.
Budapest is the only host city for Euro 2020 that allows for the multitude of games.
Discrimination against LGBT people
During the inaugural Hungarian match against Portugal on Tuesday in Budapest, images on social media showed banners with “Anti-LMBTQ”, the Hungarian abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ).
The Hungarian parliament passed legislation this past week which prohibits the dissemination of content in schools that are considered to promote homosexuality and gender change, amid strong criticism from human rights groups and opposition parties.
Hardline nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who faces an election next year, has become increasingly conservative on social policy, and has lashed out at immigrants and LGBTQ people during his self-proclaimed illiberal government, which has deeply divided the Hungarians.
For Hungary’s next and final match against Germany on Wednesday in Munich, the city’s mayor, Dieter Reiter, said on Sunday that he would write to UEFA to ask permission for the Allianz Arena to be lit with colors. of the rainbow as a sign against homophobia and intolerance when teams play Wednesday.
“This is an important sign of tolerance and equality,” Reiter told the dpa news agency.
Munich City Council had already requested that the stadium be lit with rainbow colors for the last Euro 2020 group game to protest against the Hungarian anti-LGBTQ law.