The law, promoted by strongman prime minister Viktor Orban, bans LGBTQ representation in educational material at schools, or in kids television shows. Shortly after its passage, Hungarian fans displayed a “Anti-LMBTQ” banner at their Euro 2020 opener in Budapest.
UEFA responded with a statement: “UEFA, through its statutes, is a politically and religiously neutral organisation. Given the political context of this specific request — a message aiming at a decision taken by the Hungarian national parliament — UEFA must decline this request.”
The lack of public support for the LGBTQ community from UEFA created a defiant atmosphere at Wednesday's match. German fans showed up in rainbow-colored clothing, and with rainbow flags, as Germany's minister for Europe Michael Roth had encouraged them to do.
The pitch invasion was the most aggressive display of LGBTQ support. The fan, who also wore a Germany jersey, was tackled by security guards. Some German fans cheered him. Hungarian players stood stoically and sang their national anthem with right hands over hearts.
Hungary hosted its first two Euro 2020 matches, then traveled to Munich for its third and final group match. It is also slated to host the 2022 Europa League final, another UEFA event.
Last week, Piara Powar, the executive director of FARE, a prominent organization fighting discrimination in sports, said: “The situation in Hungary is problematic. We do need a better and more firm approach to respect for universal rights being conditional for hosting matches at major tournaments."
The US Navy is assisting an Israeli-managed petroleum products tanker attacked off Oman with two crew members killed, the US military says, adding the ship was most likely hit by a drone strike.Mercer Street, a Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned vessel that was attacked on Thursday, is being escorted by the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, US Central Command said in a statement on Saturday,.
Three members of Australia's Bali Nine, who have served 16 years behind bars, should be forgiven and allowed to walk free one day, prison and justice ministry officials say.The three, who are jailed in Bali, are serving life sentences for their role in an ill-fated heroin-smuggling plot and unless they can win a reprieve from Indonesia's president, will never be freed.
Warren Gatland has told his British and Irish Lions to get ready for a "cup final" after their 27-9 defeat by South Africa in the second Test set up a series decider next Saturday.The Lions entered halftime at Cape Town Stadium 9-6 ahead on Saturday through three Dan Biggar penalties - but the match then turned on its head, with the world champions taking control up front and in the air to dominate the second period.
Pakistan have survived Nicholas Pooran's late blitz to beat West Indies by seven runs in the second Twenty20 international in Guyana and go 1-0 up in the four-match series.Left-handed Pooran smashed six sixes and four boundaries but his unbeaten 62 off 33 balls could only carry the West Indies to 4-150.
English duo Jordan Smith and David Horsey will go head-to-head in the final round of the European Tour's ISPS Handa World Invitational as they both look to end long winless runs in Northern Ireland.Smith claimed his first and only victory on the European Tour four years ago in Germany, and a bogey-free round of 65 in Ballymena on Saturday moved him to 15-under and in pole position to win a second title.
South Africa backs Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am have scored second-half tries as the Springboks beat the British & Irish Lions 27-9 to win the second Test at the Cape Town Stadium and level the series.Handre Pollard added five penalties and a conversion for a 17-point contribution while the Lions points all came off the boot of Dan Biggar in a niggly and ill-tempered contest on Saturday that was again one for the purists rather than the enthusiast.
Novak Djokovic has vowed to come back stronger after he suffered one final day of Olympic heartbreak in Tokyo.1 will leave the Japanese capital without a medal after losing out to Pablo Carreno Busta in a hard-fought battle for singles bronze on Saturday and then pulling out of his mixed doubles final alongside Nina Stojanovic citing a left shoulder injury.
Barring monumental mishap, swim ace Emma McKeon will on Sunday collect an Australian record for most medals at the Olympic Games.McKeon is red-hot favourite to win the 50-metres freestyle after setting an Olympic record when winning her semi-final.
Southeast Queenslanders have woken to their first of three more lockdown days after six new locally acquired COVID-19 cases linked to a high school student.Deputy Premier Steven Miles declared a "go hard, go early" response to the outbreak on Saturday.
Police will target Sydney supermarkets and larger retail outlets in a COVID compliance crackdown focusing on check-in codes and face masks.NSW commissioner Mick Fuller says there's no reasonable excuse for members of the public not adhering to current health orders.
Residents of regional NSW and Sydney's western suburbs are paying the highest price as fines for low-range speeding offences dramatically escalate in NSW, data suggests.Revenue from speed cameras has jumped massively following a NSW government decision to remove warning signs for mobile speed cameras in November 2020, Revenue NSW figures show.
The Prime Minister has declared that the AstraZeneca vaccine is making a "comeback" and is vital in the fight against the growing Sydney COVID outbreak.Scott Morrison told Sydney radio 2GB on Saturday that AstraZeneca has been "talked down for a long time" but the jabs were especially vital in Greater Sydney, which has entered its sixth week of lockdown restrictions.
Authorities are grappling with Sydney residents hiding the presence of COVID-19 within their families for fear of losing incomes.NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says it is unclear whether a man in his 60s who died in the city's southwest had been tested for the virus beforehand.
England spinner Jack Leach says the entire squad are behind teammate Ben Stokes, who is taking an "indefinite break from all cricket" to help his mental health.The England and Wales Cricket Board revealed on Friday the 30-year-old had withdrawn from the upcoming series with India to "prioritise his mental wellbeing and to rest his left index finger" with managing director Ashley Giles saying he would be given as long as he needs to make a full recovery.
Firefighters on the Italian island of Sicily are battling dozens of wildfires fuelled by searing temperatures as some people were evacuated from Catania by boat.Some 150 people trapped in two seaside areas in the city of Catania were evacuated late Friday by sea, where they were picked up by rubber dinghies and transferred to Coast Guard boats.
Malaysia's embattled prime minister postponed a critical parliamentary session set for Monday, citing COVID-19 infections and allowing him to avoid a no-confidence vote amid growing calls for him to resign.A circular sent to members of parliament on Saturday said the session will be held at a later date, after the Health Ministry deemed parliament a high-risk venue.
Boris Johnson and his wife say they are expecting a second child and Carrie Johnson has revealed the heartbreak of a miscarriage at the start of the year.In a statement on social media, Ms Johnson said the brother or sister to their first child Wilfred was due to arrive "this Christmas".
Belinda Bencic has become Switzerland's first female Olympic gold medallist in tennis with victory over Marketa Vondrousova continuing her dream week in Tokyo.And the new 24-year-old champion has dedicated her triumph to her country's great tennis heroes Roger Federer and Martina Hingis, who never managed to win a singles gold.