UEFA investigates monkey cries heard during Hungary-France

UEFA announced the opening of a disciplinary investigation into a homophobic banner deployed in Budapest during Hungary-Portugal (0-3) on Tuesday, then monkey cries heard on Saturday in the tribune of the Hungarian ultras during the Hungary-France match (1-1).

The European body has appointed “An ethical and disciplinary inspector” to investigate “Potential discriminatory incidents in the Puskas Arena in Budapest” during these two meetings of the group stage of the Euro, she said in a press release.

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Contacted by AFP, a spokesperson for UEFA confirmed that the investigations concerning Hungary-Portugal related to a homophobic banner denounced by the anti-discrimination network FARE, and reported on Wednesday by the site “The Athletic”.

Regarding Hungary-France on Saturday, it is monkey cries perceptible by people nearby, but not by the vast majority of the stadium, according to witnesses interviewed by AFP. They shot from the bottom of the Hungarian ultras, drowned in the growl of the 56,000 supporters of the only full enclosure of the Euro.

The concern of human rights defenders

The incidents come as UEFA plans to move the scheduled semi-finals and final to London to Budapest, if the UK government does not grant any quarantine exemptions, according to corroborating sources.

Hungary adopted a text on Tuesday banning the “Promotion” homosexuality among minors, causing concern among rights defenders, while the sovereignist government of Viktor Orban is increasing restrictions on the LGBT community.

The city of Munich announced on Sunday its intention to ask UEFA for permission to light up its stadium in the rainbow colors of the LGBT community in protest against this law, for the match Germany- Hungary Wednesday.

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