UEFA confirmed that they are investigating alleged racial discrimination during the game between Germany and Hungary at Euro 2020. Leon Goretzka scored a late equalizer to put the Germans through to the round of 16. They will face England at Wembley on Sunday.
“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.” a UEFA statement at Euro 2020 read.
The latest developments have meant that Hungary is being investigated by Uefa for incidents in all three of their group games at Euro 2020. In the first match against Portugal, a homophobic banner was seen in the stands. In their second match against France, monkey chants were heard from certain sections of the stadium. Both these matches took place at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.
In the last group stage match, an invader carrying a rainbow flag and wearing a German jersey was seen running onto the pitch during the Hungarian national anthem. He attempted to run towards the Hungary players before being tackled by security. The protest was after the UEFA turned down a request by the mayor of Munich to light the Allianz arena up in rainbow colours.
“I think to excuse it that it is a political message is the wrong path,” four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel said. “I think it is definitely not harming anybody and I think it is a great message that they would have loved to send out and were not allowed. Some institutions need to rethink their approach on banning this type of messages.”