was allegedly subjected to racial abuse during ‘s draw with Hungary at , according to reports.
French striker Mbappe, 22, is said to have the target of monkey noises stemming from some Hungarian supporters in parts of the Puskas Arena in Budapest during the fixture on Saturday afternoon.
The ground was sold out, with an estimated 55,000 supporters packed into the stands, andclaim that members of the crowd were vocal in raining down the sickening abuse.
Kylian Mbappe was allegedly subjected to racial abuse during France’s draw with Hungary
It is also believed that Mbappe’s team-mate Karim Benzema, who has Algerian roots, was also insulted.
The incident marks the second time fans inside the same stadium have been heard directing foul chants and gestures at the tournament, with Cristiano Ronaldo allegedly labelled a ‘homosexual’.
, a sports newspaper in Portugal, reported that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was singled out by chants of ‘Cristiano Ronaldo, homosexual’ during his nation’s fixture there.
Sections of the Hungary crowd in Budapest were reportedly heard shouting out monkey noises
Mbappe failed to net during the tie, and team-mate Karim Benzema may have been abused too
A homophobic banner was also spotted at the venue, and anti-discrimination group FARE have now filed an official report to governing body UEFA. They have also started talks with officials.
And now UEFA have confirmed that an investigation has been launched into ‘potential discriminatory incidents’ during Hungary’s two games.
A statement from the organisation read: ‘In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, an UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding potential discriminatory incidents which occurred in the Puskas Arena, Budapest.’
Images which surfaced on social media showed homemade banners stating ‘Anti-LMBTQ’ – which is the abbreviation in Hungary for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer.
The incident comes just days after homophobic chants had been targeted at Cristiano Ronaldo
Around 55,000 fans packed into the Puskas Arena for Hungary’s first two Euro 2020 clashes
The stadium is the only venue at the European Championship that can meet its maximum capacity, with Hungary’s coronavirus restrictions having been all but lifted due to their ambitious vaccination rollout.
Hungary have been punished by the authorities in the past for racism among supporters, with their football federation hit with a €70,000 (£60,000) fine in 2015 for incidents during their draw with Romania.
The country’s parliament recently passed legislation that bans the dissemination of content seen to be promoting homosexuality and gender change in schools and among under-18s.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government is said to view the new law as a way to protect the well-being of children, but fierce critics have accused the move of being an assault on freedom of expression.
Attila Fiola put Hungary into the lead against France amid a raucous atmosphere on Saturday
Hungary’s last group stage match comes in Munich against second-placed Germany on Wednesday. They are currently bottom of the pile with one point.
Munich city council have lobbied for the outside of the Allianz Arena to be lit up with the colours of the rainbow, the symbol for diversity, for the game.
‘[Munich] supports diversity, tolerance and genuine equality in sport and in society,’ the motion from the council, which is addressed to mayor Dieter Reiter, reads.
‘On the occasion of the match between Germany and Hungary, the council wishes to send a visible message of solidarity to the LGBT community in Hungary which is suffering under recent legislation passed by the Hungarian government.’
Hungary supporters carried a sign protesting against taking the knee on the way to the venue
A giant crowd marched together to the national stadium, chanting loudly and lighting flares
Meanwhile, a large crowd of Hungary supporters marched to the Puskas Arena before their team took on France, and some of those who led the way sent out a defiant message over taking the knee.
Footages and photos from the group revealed thousands of people descending on the national stadium, carrying flares and flags.
A banner, which said ‘brotherhood’, was held up, alongside another that called for players to stop their anti-racism protests before kick-off.
#Kylian #Mbappe #allegedly #racially #abused #Hungary #fans #Frances #Euro #game #Budapest