July 29, 2021

UEFA opens investigation after homophobic banner and monkey cries in Budapest

UEFA announced on Sunday June 20 the opening of a disciplinary investigation into a homophobic banner deployed in Budapest during Hungary-Portugal (0-3) on Tuesday June 15, then monkey cries heard on Saturday June 19 in the platform of the ultras Hungarian in the Hungary-France match (1-1).

The European body has appointed “An ethical and disciplinary inspector” to investigate “Potential discriminatory incidents in the Puskas Arena in Budapest” during these two meetings of the group stage of the Euro, she said in a press release. A UEFA spokesperson confirmed that the investigations concerning Hungary-Portugal related to a homophobic banner denounced by the anti-discrimination network FARE, and reported on Wednesday by the site The Athletic.

Regarding Hungary-France, Saturday, it is monkey cries perceptible by people nearby, but not by the vast majority of the stadium, according to witnesses. They shot from the bottom of the stands of the Hungarian ultras, drowned in the growl of the 56,000 supporters of the only full enclosure of the Euro.

Read our analysis of the match: France has come down to earth against Hungary

Protest against a law targeting the LGBT community

The incidents come as UEFA plans to move the scheduled semi-finals and final to London to Budapest if the UK government does not grant any quarantine exemptions, according to corroborating sources.

Hungary adopted a text on Tuesday (June 15th) prohibiting the “promotion” of homosexuality among minors, causing concern among rights defenders, while the sovereignist government of Viktor Orban is increasing restrictions targeting the LGBT community.

The city of Munich also announced on Sunday its intention to ask the European body for authorization to light up its stadium in the rainbow colors of the LGBT community in protest against this law, for the Germany match. -Hungary which will take place on Wednesday 23 June.

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The World with AFP