European football’s governing body has announced the opening of an investigation into “potential discriminatory incidents” in Budapest amid racist chants and displays of anti-LGBTQ images.
Two Euro 2020 football matches in Hungary are under investigation for “potentially discriminatory incidents,” UEFA said.
European football’s governing body said on Sunday that a “UEFA ethics and discipline inspector has been appointed” to investigate, without providing details of the incidents.
Anti-discrimination group Fare, which monitors matches for incidents of racism and other forms of discrimination, sent a report to UEFA and discussed the matter with officials.
Hungarian fans marched to Puskas Arena in Hungary’s 1-1 draw on France on Saturday, waving a banner calling on players to stop kneeling in protest against racism.
French players were mistreated, with striker Kylian Mbappe greeted with monkey chants when he was on the ball. Forward Karim Benzema was also a target for fans.
Budapest is the only host city of Euro 2020 to allow full crowds for matches.
During Hungary’s opener against Portugal in Budapest on Tuesday, images on social media showed banners with “Anti-LMBTQ” – the Hungarian abbreviation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) .
Hungarian parliament passed a law last week which bans the distribution of content in schools reputed to promote homosexuality and gender change, amid strong criticism from human rights groups and opposition parties.
Die-hard nationalist prime minister Viktor Orban, who faces elections next year, has become increasingly conservative on social policy, denouncing immigrants and LGBTQ people during his so-called regime illiberal, which has deeply divided the Hungarians.
For Hungary’s next and final match against Germany on Wednesday in Munich, city mayor Dieter Reiter said on Sunday he would write to UEFA asking for permission to light up the Allianz Arena in the colors of the rainbow as a sign of the fight against homophobia and intolerance. the teams play on Wednesday.
“It is an important sign of tolerance and equality,” Reiter told the dpa news agency.
The Munich city council had previously requested that the stadium be lit in rainbow colors for the last group match of Euro 2020 to protest against Hungary’s anti-LGBTQ law.