Hungarian fans’ behavior at the England-Hungary World Cup qualifier in Budapest caused a big stir. Now, the police are investigating the fans who were booing, throwing cups into the field, and reportedly making monkey noises towards English players.
As we previously reported, the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ) announced after the incident that it would file a police report and sue the perpetrators for compensation should the federation be fined. They would also be banned from sports events for two years, MLSZ stated.
According to the response of the National Police Headquarters, proceedings were opened on suspicion of disorderly conduct.
“The National Bureau of Investigation of the Police on Standby is conducting an investigation on suspicion of committing a misdemeanor of disorderly conduct at a sports event in violation of Article 340 (1) of Act C of 2012 on the Criminal Code and qualifying under paragraph (2) of the same Act.”
Telex asked the police how many fans were under investigation but they responded by saying that they do not wish to provide further information in the interest of the proceedings. The MLSZ also did not say how many people had been charged.
Hungary has also been ordered by FIFA to play its next World Cup qualifier behind closed doors which is not surprising. The Hungarian team and head coach, Marco Rossi, asked fans to refrain from racist comments and behavior before the game even took place, saying that such behavior can result in fines from the UEFA or future matches being held behind closed doors. This is also not the first time the Hungarian team has to play without its audience due to some fans’ misbehavior.
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