DrHis boss realizes how difficult the task is. “If you play slowly against such a defensive opponent, you’re going to have a problem,” said Oliver Bierhoff before the German national football team’s Nations League match in Budapest against Hungary on Saturday (8:45 p.m., RTL).
The managing director of the national teams knows that the game is not only special for sporting reasons. When England played in the Hungarian capital a week ago and Britons got on their knees before kick-off to send a signal against racism, there were whistles from the stands. There were mostly children.
Hungary, which was hit by ghost games by FIFA and UEFA last year due to racist and anti-homophobic chants by its fans, had referred to Article 73 of its Disciplinary Code, according to which the ban does not apply to children “up to the age of 14 (with appropriate accompaniment). ) from schools and/or football schools are invited to the match free of charge.
Strong criticism of the European Football Association
After the recent incident against England, UEFA has faced heavy criticism in recent days. Fare, the European anti-discrimination network, has complained that it is not the first time children have shown the same patterns of behavior as adults on the playground. It was said that racist incidents were seen “perpetrated by children at the European Games”.
Budapest Stadium can fill up again on Saturday, Puskas Stadium can seat 67,215 spectators. In the 1-1 draw against England last Tuesday in Munich, the German players got to their knees with the English before kick-off. Bierhoff said no such action was planned this time.
The match brings back memories of June 23, 2021, when the two teams met in Munich in the last preliminary round of the European Championship. 84 minutes have been played, and the Hungarians are leading 2:1. If it had stayed at this score, the German team would have been eliminated. She needs a goal, she needs a point. The Hungarians can still block Timo Werner’s shot, but not Leon Goretzkas – equalizer, Germany excels.
The great jubilation in Munich. Also with the scorer, who forms a heart with his fingers and looks clearly in the direction of the Hungarian fans. It’s a gesture, a message that is celebrated on social media. Goretzka writes in English on Twitter under his celebration photo: “Spread the love. YES!!!!!!!! Wembley is calling!” The words are accompanied by a rainbow flag – a clear sign of tolerance and solidarity with the LGBTQ community.
Goretzka’s letter was based on a huge wave of solidarity that erupted in the days leading up to the match with the LGBTQ movement in Hungary, after the Hungarian government led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán passed a law equating homosexuality with child sexual abuse while restricting access to young people. and children to educational brochures and media that present homosexuality as an acceptable way of life.
As a reaction to the new law in Hungary, the city of Munich wanted to let the stadium shine in the colors of the rainbow in the match against Hungary. UEFA rejected this on the grounds that this was an unacceptable political signal against a particular country.
“My festive gesture was not for the Hungarian fans”
This decision sparked intense criticism and outrage from the association. In response to UEFA’s disapproval, several assistants distributed thousands of rainbow flags to fans in front of the stadium.
While the Hungarian national anthem was played, a player wearing a Germany shirt ran onto the field and presented a rainbow flag to the Hungarian internationals. During the match, some mobile Hungarian fans sang “Germany, Germany, gay.”
A few weeks ago, in an interview with WELT AM SONNTAG, he told Goretzka that he was looking forward to the match in Hungary — against an atmospheric backdrop for sure, he said. “It is also clear: the celebratory gesture in Munich was not for the fans of the Hungarian national team, but for the few who made anti-gay comments and used football as their platform.”
On Saturday, Goretzka and his teammates will be closely watched. When the German team last played in Hungary in 2010, they won 3-0. National coach Hansi Flick has to do without Marco Reus, who tore muscle fibers.