Euro 2016: UEFA fines Hungary €65,000 for fan disorder
UEFA have just announced that Hungary have been fined €65,000 ($73,000) for the disorder by their fans during the UEFA Euro 2016 group stage match against Iceland in Marseille. The ongoing European Championships have unfortunately been full of incidents of hooliganism in the French streets and there’ve even been plenty of scuffles breaking out inside the stadiums before and during several matches as well.
UEFA have been attempting to strongly clamp down on these incidents to make sure they don’t repeat in the latter stages of the tournament. Before the Hungary vs Iceland match that eventually finished 1-1, the fans had clashed with stewards and police when attempting to climb a fence to enter a section behind one of the goals at the Stade Velodrome.
If that wasn’t enough, the Hungary fans lit or threw firecrackers several times during the match as well. UEFA have always swiftly dealt with fan disturbances in European club competitions and they have had to be especially vigilant during what has been a sometimes turbulent Euro 2016 tournament. European football’s governing body said in a statement that the charges were relating to “crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks and throwing of objects”.
Hungary have performed well in the tournament so far and will be hoping that they can focus on football for their last group match against Portugal, that has them with a good chance of qualifying for the knockout stages. Bernd Storck’s side currently sit at the top of the Group F with four points, having secured an unlikely win against Austria and need only a draw in their final match to ensure progression to the knockouts by virtue of a top two finish.