Euro 2020: Hungary played its first two matches at the Puskas Arena in Budapest© AFP
UEFA on Friday ordered Hungary to play the next three home games behind closed doors and fined the Hungarian football federation 100,000 euros ($ 118,000) at Euro 2020 “for the discriminatory behavior of its supporters”. The European football government team opened an investigation into the homophobic banners and Monkey Noise in the phase matches of the Hungarian Budapest and Munich teams. Hungary played its first two matches of the tournament against Portugal and France at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, before facing Munich in Germany.
UEFA appointed an ethics and discipline inspector on June 20 to investigate “possible incidents of discrimination” in matches against Portugal and France.
The investigation was expanded a few days later after a match between Germany and Hungary in Munich.
The penalty imposed by UEFA will not apply to the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, which are organized by FIFA’s global governing body.
The Hungarian Federation was also informed that a banner with the words “#EqualGame” and the UEFA logo should appear in future matches.
UEFA was criticized for its decision to block plans to lighten the rainbow colors of the Allianz Arena in Munich as Germany sided with the LGBTQ community on June 23 to play against Hungary.
Viktor Orban’s right-wing Hungarian government last month passed a law banning minors from “promoting” homosexuality.
It outlaws any educational program or material that mentions homosexuality.
UEFA defended itself by saying that it must remain politically neutral, while reaffirming its “firm commitment to a more diverse and inclusive society”.
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