UEFA opens investigation into ‘discriminatory incidents’ at Germany vs Hungary match

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June 25 – UEFA have appointed an ethics and disciplinary inspector to investigate “potential discriminatory incidents” during Euro 2020 Group F match between Germany and Hungary at Munich’s Allianz Arena.

The hosts prevailed with a laboured 2-2 draw to confirm their presence in the knockout phase, but the match was overshadowed by tensions between the hosts and the Hungarians after UEFA blocked the illumination of the Allianz Arena’ in rainbow colours, a move that was met with Euro-wide criticism.

“In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding potential discriminatory incidents which occurred in the Football Arena Munich, during the UEFA EURO 2020 group stage match between the national teams of Germany and Hungary (2-2) played on 23 June 2021,” Uefa said a statement on Friday.

“Information on this matter will be made available in due course.”

Before kick-off, various NGO’s handed out rainbow flags to fans outside the stadium and a protester invaded the pitch waiving a rainbow flag. Munich mayor Dieter Reiter wanted to protest against Viktor Orban’s new anti-gay law.

It’s the second time in quick succession that UEFA have opened an investigation into a Hungary match. Hungary’s draw with France is also under scrutiny after images on social media showed banners with ‘Anti-LMBTQ’. Hungarian fans also marched to the stadium, calling for players to stop taking the knee.

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