Foreign minister slams UEFA after sanctions over fan discrimination

Int’l Relations

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Hungary has been ordered to play their next three UEFA competition matches behind closed doors following racist abuse from supporters and homophobic banners in the stands during their Euro 2020 group stage matches. Hungary's foreign minister has called UEFA "pitiful and cowardly" and likened it to a communist regime, according to a report by The Guardian.

"The committee that makes a decision like that is a pitiful and cowardly body. They should be ashamed of themselves," Péter Szijjártó said on his Facebook page. "Just like in communism: No need for evidence, it's enough to have unanimous reports."

Hungary fans in black shirts marching against players taking the knee and supporters waving homophobic banners in the stands of the Puskás Arena were two incidents that occurred in the group stage. 

UEFA on Friday ordered Hungary to play its next two internationals with no fans. The Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) must also pay EUR 100,000 fine and display a banner with the slogan "#EqualGame" throughout the two crowdless matches. 

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