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War of words over Team Hungary football

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After a humiliating 8-1 defeat to Netherlands in a World Cup 2014 qualifying match, Hungary’s national team coach Sándor Egervári submitted his resignation, which was immediately accepted by Hungarian Football Association (MLSz) president Sándor Csányi. Since this decision, however, controversy has surrounded the team thanks to a war of words involving local politicos. 

Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch and Eighth District mayor Máté Kocsis took public shots at Csányi in the days following the match; Csányi responded in an interview with Inforádió by labeling the former a “Twitter hussar” and advising the second to clam up and concentrate on running his district.

In the same interview, Csányi stated that the next Team Hungary coach would likely be a foreigner and that Team Hungary’s singular goal must be to qualify for the 2016 Eurocup tournament.

The MLSz prez also stated he’d appealed to Sport and Youth Development Minister István Simicskó to offer help in monitoring public funds devoted to youth-club players, perhaps beginning with MTK, the club of which Deutsch is chairman.

Csányi also claimed he’d offered to resign after the 8-1 loss, but that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had requested that he not do so.

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