Hungarian Prime Minister Orban backs fans who booed on their knees as Ireland manager slams ‘incomprehensible’ reaction (VIDEO) – RT Sport News

Hungarian Prime Minister Orban backs fans who booed on their knees as Ireland manager slams ‘incomprehensible’ reaction (VIDEO) – RT Sport News

    Le Premier ministre hongrois Viktor Orban a déclaré que les joueurs irlandais "avaient provoqué" les supporters à Budapest avec un geste à genoux qui "avait commencé dans les pays esclavagistes" – mais le patron en visite, Stephen Kenny, a qualifié les huées d'"incompréhensibles".

</p><div><p>Il y avait encore plus de polémique sur la prise de genou par des joueurs mardi soir au stade Ferenc Szusza, où l'équipe de Hongrie est restée debout tandis que leurs adversaires faisaient le geste de soutenir la campagne Black Lives Matter, recevant des huées et des railleries de certains. de la foule.

Days after a political row erupted after a similar response to England’s kneeling, frontman Orban, who was once a professional player and is known for his love of the game, explained why he sympathizes with the supporters who booed and understood their reasons for taking their stand.

“If we look at how it emerged, we see that it started in the slave-owning countries. For those countries that weren’t, we can’t help, ”the longtime prime minister said.

“It doesn’t help to carry this historic moral burden on a football pitch. It doesn’t free them from it; they have to deal with it at home.

“If you are a guest in a country, then understand its culture. Don’t provoke the locals, don’t provoke the host if you are visiting as a guest.

“We cannot interpret this gesture in any other way. Seen from our culture, it is incomprehensible, a provocation.

“The fans reacted like fans usually do if they are provoked. They don’t always choose the most elegant way to do it, but you have to figure out the cause. “

The Hungarian Football Association has announced that the team will not kneel down during the tournament, which begins on Friday, as part of its vision that the “The fundamental values ​​of sport are equal opportunities, respect for teammates and the opponent. “

“Football has become the most popular sport in the world because it belongs to everyone”, he said in a statement, adding that his long-standing campaign against racism adheres to UEFA and FIFA rules which he said did not allow any kind politics on the pitch or in the stadiums.

“The Hungarian national team not only abides by international rules and standards in all cases, but also respects everyone, whether they are an opponent, a fan or anyone else. . “

Leading football figures have continued to insist fervently in recent days that the move is purely designed to oppose racism, with England manager Gareth Southgate, Champions League winner Rio Ferdinand and a wide range of experts endorsing the concept at length.

“The fact that he was booed is incomprehensible, really” said Ireland coach Stephen Kenny, whose side provided the final warm-up opposition ahead of Hungary’s Euro 2020 campaign in a 0-0 draw.

“It must be damaging for Hungary, with the euros [partly taking place] in Hungary.

“It’s disappointing and it doesn’t really reflect Hungary, the Hungarian support. This does not reflect well.

“Our players wanted to do it. It is important. This is an important position and I congratulate them for taking this position.

“I think it was the right decision. I approached [the Football Association of Ireland’s international operations manager] Barry Gleeson and said it’s something we wanted to do, take the knee – and I think that’s a very important message. “

Ireland striker Adam Idah, of Premier League club Norwich, said he had found him ” disappointing “ that the “The whole stadium” booed.

“It’s for a good cause, to try to stop racism”, he added. “It’s a sign to kick racism out of society and the response has been very disappointing, to be honest. We didn’t expect that. “

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