Ferencvaros urge fans against ‘Nazi flattery or anti-Semitic symbols’ at Celtic clash


FERENCVAROS have urged fans travelling to Glasgow for the Europa League clash with Celtic against any displays of ‘Nazi flattery or anti-Semitic symbols’.

The Hungarian club take on the Hoops at Parkhead on October 19 with 279 tickets available for visiting supporters.

And when announcing the ticket information Ferencvaros issued a warning to supporters against any gestures which could land the club in trouble with governing body UEFA.

The Budapest outfit also claimed supporters from Hungary will be given “special attention” after issues during international matches with England and Germany.

Alongside warnings against “Nazi flattery or anti-Semitic symbols” Ferencvaros fans were told not to use the ‘heart to sky’ arm gesture and advised against bringing pyrotechnic devices into or around the stadium.

The club also warned they could be punished if fans displayed any expressions that offended the opponents or opposition supporters, judges or referees with particular reference to gender identity or obscene, discriminatory, insulting or politically discriminating against sexual minorities.

A statement on the club website read: “We would like to draw the attention of all our ticket buyers to the fact that during the match, in the immediate vicinity of the stadium, any hand gestures that UEFA may interpret as a Nazi flattery or an anti-Semitic symbol should be warned by their fellow fans. 

“The ‘heart to sky’ arm movement with one hand cannot be done at all! The spectator may not bring any pyrotechnic devices, incense, firecrackers, sound grenades into the stadium. 

“We would like to draw the attention of our fans to the fact that expressions that offend the opponent, the opponent’s supporters, the judges, the referees with a gender identity tag or a reference to gender are also defined by UEFA as discriminatory, obscene, discriminatory, insulting or politically discriminating against sexual minorities even if it happened in Hungarian.

“The European Football Association (as well as UEFA) interprets the rigm and inscription as a criminal group, a criminal organization, as an insult or a political manifestation, and the club can be severely punished. 

“As a result of the experience of the Germany-Hungary European Championship match and the Hungary-England World Cup qualifiers, the behavior of the Hungarian fans, and thus the Ferencváros fans inside and outside the stadium, is given special attention.

“We ask that no one sit up for any provocation and represent the club and Hungary in an exemplary, sporty and calm manner, as FTC fans have done in recent years at home and abroad in all cases!”





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