Hungary punished for fans’ conduct at Euro 2020

European football’s governing body has ruled that Hungary will play their next two UEFA matches without spectators due to the discriminatory behavior of their supporters during their participation at Euro 2020.

The ruling was by UEFA on July 9 and was preceded by an investigation into alleged homophobic banners and monkey noises during Hungary’s Euro 2020 group stage matches last month in Budapest and Munich.

Their first two games in the tournament were against Portugal and France at Budapest’s Ferenc Puskas arena. The governing body, on June 20, appointed an ethics and disciplinary inspector to carry out a probe into potential discriminatory incidents in those two games.

The investigation heightened days later after the match between Hungary and Germany in Munich.

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It was noted during the game against Portugal that images of a banner among the home supporters which read “ANTI LMBTQ”, a Hungarian language abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer circulated on social media.

Therefore, UEFA’s Control Ethics and Disciplinary Body ruled on July 9 that Hungary should play their next three UEFA competition matches without fans. However, the third match was suspended for a probationary period of two years.

UEFA went on to hit the Hungarian Football Association with a fine of 100,000 euros and ordered that a display of the body’s #EqualGame banner should be done at UEFA competition matches in which they serve as the host association.

Meanwhile, the Hungary national football team are scheduled to play another UEFA competition until the 2022/33 Nations League which begins in June 2022. However, the rule does not apply to World Cup Qualifiers as that is under FIFA’s jurisdiction.