Budapest derby marred by anti-Semitic chanting20 April 2004

The Budapest premier league derby between MTK Hungária FC and Ferencváros on Sunday 18 April 2004 was marred by anti-Semitic chanting. During the game, supporters of Ferencvárosi engaged in continuous anti-Semitic chanting whilst waving a Neo-Nazi flag. The incident at the Hidegkúti Nándor stadium occurred during the second half when MTK were leading 1-0. MTK has a long standing history in relating to the Jewish community in Hungary.

According to Gibril Deen, the president of the Mahatma Gandhi Human Right Movement, a partner organisation of the Football against Racism in Europe (FARE) network, around 50 or more supporters started to shout “dirty Jews”, “useless Jews” and other anti-Semitic expressions. The match was also shown live on Hungarian TV.

The Hungarian daily sports newspaper “Nemzeti Sport” reported in their 20 April edition: “The visiting fans were shouting as if they are waging a war against MTK while the match was going on.”

The president of the football association MLSZ, Bozók Imre and the head of the football league, Mr. Szieben Lászlo, have addressed a letter of protest to the Ferencváros, condemning the racist abuse against MTK.
In the season 2002/2003 UEFA punished Ferencváros TC for racist behaviour of their supporters at the UEFA Cup second round match against German side VfB Stuttgart on 31 October 2002. UEFA has clear guidelines for clubs on how their supporters should conduct themselves. UEFA has adopted FARE’s 10-point-plan which sets out a number of practical measures clubs can take to combat racism.