“Hungary is a democratic country where everyone can live freely regardless of skin color or sexual orientation,” Hungary’s national coach Rossi said in response to journalists’ questions at his press conference before the England-Hungary World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
This article was originally posted on our sister-site, Ungarn Heute. Translation by Júlia Tar
As recently as September, UEFA had imposed two suspensions on the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ) for “racist expressions and acts,” “throwing objects,” and “use of pyrotechnics” by Hungarian fans at the World Cup qualifier against England in Budapest.
Rossi, Hungary’s national coach, when asked by a journalist what he thinks about the fact that after the Hungary-England match the international media was more concerned with the behavior of Hungarian fans than with the match itself, replied that he has been living in Hungary since 2019 and that he has come to know Hungarians as tolerant people in the past nine years. He believes that “Hungary is a democratic country where everyone can live freely regardless of skin color or sexual orientation.”
Regarding his possible retirement after a heavy defeat against the English, the Italian said that he has not given up on his career, neither as a player nor as a coach, and he wants to fight together with his players during the three upcoming matches as well.
Featured image: Marco Rossi via Tamás Kovács/MTI