UEFA has revealed they are investigating potential incidents of homophobia at the Puskas Arena in Hungary during the Euro 2020. Fare, an anti-discriminatory group has sent a report to UEFA highlighting a banner promoting homophobia. The incident took place when Hungary played host to Portugal on Tuesday. There were also monkey chants being heard in their second group game against France. Ethics and the disciplinary inspector has been hired by UEFA to conduct the investigation. The PSukas Arena in Budapest is the only stadium allowed to host games with full capacity at Euro 2020.
“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 Puskás Aréna, Budapest, during the 2020 European Championship group stage matches between the national teams of Hungary and Portugal on 15 June 2021 and between the national teams of Hungary and France played on 19 June 2021.” a UEFA statement read about incidents at Euro 2020.
Chelsea and Denmark footballer Pernille Harder has asked the UEFA to reconsider their decision to move more matches to Hungary. She made the plea after the Hungarian parliament passed new anti-LGBT+ legislation this week.
“Devastated to see that the Hungarian parliament passed new anti-LGBT+ legislation this week, criminalizing education and advertising of LGBT content to young people,” Harder tweeted. “We, the LGBT+ community, are people. We are human beings. We reserve the right to be treated like everyone else.”
“My thoughts are with the people of Hungary but especially the various LGBT communities in the country,” she added. “The football world has another opportunity to step up. I hope that UEFA will take this seriously and reconsider moving more Euros games to Budapest. Equal game?”