European football governing body, UEFA has confirmed that Hungary will play its next three UEFA fixtures behind closed doors and will be fined €100,000 for discriminatory behaviour during Euro 2020 matches at Puskas Arena.
It is also reported that Hungary fans came into the stadium with alleged homophobic banners and made monkey noises during the game in Budapest and Munich. These actions have forced UEFA to open an inquiry.
The ethics and disciplinary officer was also roped in by UEFA on June 20th. A probe will be conducted on “potential discriminatory incidents” during the fixtures against France and Germany.
However, these sanctions don’t apply to the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers as these games are organised by the world football governing body FIFA.
The football federation of Hungary was also asked to put up a banner of UEFA’s “#EqualGame” with a UEFA logo on it for their upcoming matches at The Puskas Arena, Budapest.
German captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer also showcased his support to the LGBTQ community and wore a rainbow-coloured armband but UEFA thought of this as a political move by the goalkeeper and started an injury but in the end, the governing body decided to stop it.
UEFA also faced criticism from fans around the world when they decided to block plans Munich’s Allianz Arena in rainbow colours to showcase support for the LGTBQ community during ‘Pride Month’ for Germany’s clash against Hungary.
The Hungarian government of Viktor Orban also passed a bill that bans the promotion of homosexuality to minors.
UEFA also robustly defended itself by saying the governing body is politically neutral but at the same time they try to show “firm commitment to a more diverse and inclusive society”.