After the homophobic chants heard during the Hungary-Portugal match, UEFA and the police fear racist incidents during the Hungary-France scheduled for Saturday (3 p.m.).
At least 56,000 people will be present at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest for the match between the France team and the selection of Hungary, Saturday afternoon (3 p.m.) on the occasion of the second day of Group F of the Euro. This meeting, which could seal the qualification of the Blues for the round of 16, feeds some concerns within the local police, but also at UEFA.
During Hungary-Portugal (0-3), several witnesses had heard homophobic songs in the stands. The remarks made had notably targeted Cristiano Ronaldo, elected man of the match and author of a double.
“We will be intractable”
This incident prompts the organization to fear racist insults during Hungary-France. A source close to UEFA told RMC Sport that “the match between France and Hungary gives rise to some concerns on the subject of discrimination or racist insults”. This same source adds: “We will be intractable on this. In case of overflow, we will try to get the disruptors out of the stands.”
An important security device will be deployed in the stadium. It will be the same in downtown Budapest. Moreover, a gathering of several thousand Hungarian ultras is planned from 1 p.m. on Heroes’ Square.