Ferencváros football: Two fans banned; sad turn in Adams story
Could the Ferencváros football club (FTC) actually be getting tough on racist hooligan activity among its fandom? It seems that way, as FTC president Gábor Kubatov yesterday announced lifetime bans for two attendees at the September 25 against rivals Újpest who displayed a swastika-emblazoned flag for all of ten seconds.
In a statement, Kubatov described the flag-waving as a “provocative act” with the intention of “harming the club.” The FTC president also filed a report with local police.
The mention of that ten-second interval by local media was interesting, as just last week, Hungarian Chief Prosecutor Péter Polt was quoted as explaining that ultimately no action was taken by law enforcement officials against Ferencváros fans who displayed a memorial banner to convicted Nazi war criminal László Csizsik-Csatáry during a game against MTK because the sign was not accompanied by “such behaviour that would elicit fear,” and was only shown “for about 10 seconds.” – This despite Kubatov’s hardline stance against the prepetrators at that time.
Akeem Adams still critical, undergoes amputation
Sad news emerged today on 22-year-old Ferencváros defender Akeem Adams. After suffering a massive heart attack following the above-mentioned Újpest match – just his sixth game with his club – the Trinidad & Tobago native has been hospitalized in critical condition. Team authorities this morning announced that Adams underwent another round of emergency surgery last night in which his lower left leg was removed.
Ferencváros medical staff member and cardiologist Dr. Zsolt László Szelid opined to media earlier that there was “a 30-40% chance” Adams will leave the hospital. Adams is currently waiting for a donor in order to undergo a heart transplant.
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