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Outrage over racist abuse at the Hungary-England match

Monday, September 6th, 2021

A conservative columnist thinks that English commentators accusing Hungarian fans of widespread racism use double standards. A moderate columnist finds it sad that Hungary is being judged after the behaviour of a couple of hundred racist fans. READ MORE

Lionel Messi and the Olympics as campaign themes in Hungary

Thursday, August 12th, 2021

Events which appear to have no connection whatsoever to Hungary, or on which a national consensus seems to exist, are used by politically committed commentators to discredit their opponents. READ MORE

Hungary punished by UEFA

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

 

The nationwide sports daily lambasts the European Football Union (UEFA) for inflicting hard punishment on the Hungarian Football League after sporadic racist and homophobic behaviour among fans during EURO-20 matches in Budapest. A left-wing commentator believes the sanctions are justified. READ MORE

Hungary ‘vindicated’ by Czech victory over Holland

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

A pro-government outlet expresses schadenfreude over the defeat of the Dutch football team by the Czech side in the Euro 2020 tournament, soon after the Dutch Prime Minister said ‘Hungary must be brought to its knees’. READ MORE

Football seen as politics by other means

Monday, June 28th, 2021

Commentators right across the political spectrum interpret the Hungarian team’s unexpected success and tragic exit from the European Football Championship as a political allegory. READ MORE

Diplomatic row between Hungary and Germany over the sacking of a coach

Monday, April 12th, 2021

he German Foreign Ministry has rejected Hungarian protests against the sacking of a Hungarian football coach in Berlin. Commentators’ opinions diverge on the rights and wrongs, but even opposition leaning columnists tend to believe that firing the coach was a disproportionate punishment. READ MORE

Hungarian goalkeeper in storm over ‘rainbow families’

Friday, February 26th, 2021

Pro-government authors criticise the goalkeeper of the national football team who publicly opposed the recent amendment to the Fundamental Law which defines the family as based on marriage and the parent-child relationship. READ MORE

Hungarian paper defends Romanian referee in racism row

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

As the Romanian press praises Magyar Nemzet for taking up the defence of a Romanian referee shamed even by his own government, a conservative analyst is outraged by what he sees as attempts by international bodies at policing national languages. READ MORE

Hungary’s football team qualifies for EURO 20

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Two critics of the government admit that they are elated by the unexpectedly fine performance of the national team and believe that their critics within the opposition are wrong. READ MORE

The football World Cup as an immigration test

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Commentators on both sides of the political divide excoriate their rivals for using the most popular sporting event of the year to underpin their own stance on migration. READ MORE