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

Júlia Tar 2021.09.23.

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.

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FM Szijjártó Strikes Back after Criticism of Hungarian Fans' Unacceptable Behavior

Booing, throwing cups into the field, and reportedly making monkey noises towards English players were among the actions of Hungarian fans, inciting criticism after the England-Hungary World Cup qualifier.Continue reading

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.

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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

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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