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Hungarian Ambassador to Slovakia Summoned over Football Chants

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.09.13.

Hungary’s ambassador to Slovakia was summoned to the Slovak foreign ministry on Thursday over events at Monday’s Hungarian-Slovak football match.

The Slovak foreign ministry in a statement rejected the anti-Slovak chants shouted during the match.

Such events may disturb the relations of the two countries, the statement said. The ministry asked the ambassador to have authorities focus on preventing similar cases.

Szijjártó told public television M1 on Friday that he had watched the match together with Slovak House Speaker Andrej Danko, who gave a “honourable” interview afterwards praising cooperation and the atmosphere at the match. Szijjártó said fair play and respect of the opponent were important to him.

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He said Bratislava’s move to summon Hungary’s ambassador had been an “overreaction” and “hysterical”.

Szijjártó said

If I were to invite the Slovak ambassador to the foreign ministry after every event where Slovak fans behave disrespectfully towards Hungarians, Hungarian athletes and the Hungarian nation at a sporting event, the Slovak ambassador would be in the ministry fulltime”

Featured photo illustration by Tamás Kovács/MTI