Hungarian Jews demand action after abuse30 November 2005

Representatives of Hungary's Jewish community have urged football authorities in the country to act after anti-Semitic slurs were chanted during a match. Ujpest FC fans made the remarks during a 2-0 victory on Saturday over MTK Budapest, a club founded by and still identified with Hungarian Jews.

In a letter to the Hungarian FA, the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities wrote, “Hungary, which aspires to host the European championships, cannot allow even one such instance to remain without consequences, because this could cause them to be repeated and grow worse.”

Ujpest officials condemned the slurs, saying they were made by “one or two unrestrained people whose actions shock and infuriate every honorable person.”

Ujpest, which also criticized MTK fans for responding by calling Ujpest supporters Nazis, said it would ban anyone proven to have made the anti-Semitic remarks.

MTK blamed the referee for failing to act when Ujpest supporters chanted the slurs at opposing fans.