UEFA investigating allegations of offensive banners in Hungary games

UEFA launch disciplinary investigation into Hungary’s opening two Euro 2020 matches after homophobic and anti-kneeling banners were seen amid reports of monkey noises being aimed at French black players

  • UEFA have launched an investigation into allegations of offensive incidents 
  • There were complaints over an ‘Anti-LMBTQ’ banner displayed by Hungary fans 
  • Against France, Hungary supporters also unfurled an anti-kneeling banner
  • There were also reports of alleged monkey noises in the game against France 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

UEFA has launched a disciplinary investigation into allegations of offensive incidents during the two Euro 2020 games held at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.

There were complaints about a homophobic banner displayed by Hungary fans inside the stadium during their defeat against Portugal on Tuesday.

Images of the banner saying “Anti-LMBTQ” – using the Hungarian abbreviation for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer – circulated on social media.

UEFA are investigating two banners including one with a cross through someone taking the knee

They are also investigating a banner which read ‘Anti-LMBTQ’ – which is the abbreviation in Hungary for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer

At the game against France, on Saturday, another black-and-white banner drew attention, bearing a rudimentary image of a footballer taking the knee with a cross through it.

Unlike England, who have played their Euro 2020 group games on home soil, France decided against taking a knee in protest against racism, because of concerns about the crowd reaction in some cities.

There have also been reports in the French media of monkey noises heard during Saturday’s game, a 1-1 draw, although these were not obvious in the midst of the din.

French media reports claim that monkey noises were heard in the game against France

France star Kylian Mbappe was allegedly racially abused during Saturday’s draw with Hungary

The Puskas Arena has been full to its 61,000 capacity for the opening two games and has generated a fabulously raucous atmosphere.

The allegations will detract from the buoyant mood after two games when Hungary performed well against strong opposition and thrilled the home crowd.

And they will not help Budapest’s chances of hosting the Euro 2020 final amid concerns that the UK’s strict quarantine rules will persuade organisers to seek an alternative to Wembley.

UEFA have appointed an ethics and disciplinary inspector to look into the Budapest incidents.

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