Mbappe subjected to ‘monkey noises’
Euro 2020 has been a majorly successful tournament so far and seeing fans back in the stadiums to witness the amazing football has been excellent.
However, there have been a number of supporters which allegedly have marred the spectacle.
Dutch outlet De Telegraaf reported that the PSG attacker Kylian Mbappe claimed that he had been subjected to ‘monkey noises’ from sections of the Hungarian supporters in Budapest.
French star Kylian Mbappe faced racism during the second group match on Saturday. At the sold-out Puskas Arena in Budapest, monkey noises from Hungarian fans could be heard in certain corners of the stadium, the French attacker said.
In addition to Mbappe, whose father is from Cameroon, insults were also heard at Karim Benzema. He has Algerian roots.
Homophobia reported in Budapest
Just 4 days ago, UEFA received an ‘official report’ which showed that homophobia in the stadium had taken place during the Hungary 3-0 Portugal match. The Athletic reported the story and said that ‘Football against Racism in Europe’ was behind the report.
The Athletic understands that the FARE (Football against Racism in Europe) anti-discrimination network, who send observers to UEFA matches to report incidents of abuse or unwelcome environments, sent a report to UEFA’s disciplinary committee on Wednesday night and also held conversations with UEFA officials.
Whilst the alleged incident involving Kylian Mbappe is yet to be responded to, the Hungarian FA have responded to the report by FARE.
“The Hungarian Football Federation and the Hungarian National Team gives maximum respect to everyone, be they a teammate, an opponent, a fan or anyone else. Football could become the most popular sport in the world precisely because it belongs to everyone,” said a Hungarian FA spokesperson to the Athletic.
“Our federation has been fighting all forms of hatred and discrimination for years as part of its ‘Hate is not OK’ campaign. The flag in question was removed from the stadium as soon as it was noticed.”
Euro 2020 controversies
Several other controversies have extended beyond Budapest.
With England taking the knee in their games, it has been booed by sections of the “supporters” at Wembley. Receiving, quite rightly, plenty of criticism for it.
Some #ENG fans boo players taking a knee. They’re booing players like Raheem Sterling who’s just been appointed MBE for services to racial equality in sport in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Fans’ applause for the knee then drowned the boos out.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) June 13, 2021
Austria forward Marko Arnautovic had to take to social media to say he was ‘not racist’ prior to being banned by UEFA for one game after being found to have ‘insulted’ a North Macedonian player.
BREAKING: Marko Arnautovic has been banned for Austria’s match vs. the Netherlands for ‘insulting another player’ after scoring against North Macedonia pic.twitter.com/dZjO9GW7Yd
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 16, 2021
Arnautovic apologises for ott celebration, but North Macedonia have written to UEFA https://t.co/X8J2VWx3Pr
— Off The Ball (@offtheball) June 14, 2021
During the awful scenes in Copenhagen when Christian Eriksen collapsed, broadcasters were criticised for filming the horrific emotions of his teammates, close family and those in the ground.
“Where are we as a society that someone decided they should film the situation?”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 12, 2021
Should those to have allegedly abused Mbappe be found, action can hopefully be taken against them. Wishfully, we pray the rest of the tournament can continue without additional issues.
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