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National Coach Rossi Before England Match: ‘In Hungary, Everyone Can Live Freely Regardless of Skin Color or Sexual Orientation’

Hungary Today 2021.10.12.

“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.

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Police to Investigate Hungarian Fans' Behavior at Hungary-England Qualifier

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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.”

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The Hungarian Football Federation believes that punishing a crowd which creates a good atmosphere in a 60,000-capacity stadium and the organising association, which implements all reasonable measures, is not a fair move, and is instead counterproductive.Continue reading

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.

Source: Mandiner

Featured image: Marco Rossi via Tamás Kovács/MTI