A football match was suspended in Romania due to the anti-Hungarian slogans of away fans. The match between Sepsi OSK and U Craiova 1948 in the 23rd round of the Romanian Football League was first interrupted for 10 minutes and then suspended due to anti-Hungarian demonstrations by away fans.
In the 26th minute of the match in Sfântu Gheorghe, referee Andrei Chivulete decided to stop the match for 10 minutes due to anti-Hungarian slogans from the visiting fans from Craiova, TransTelex reports. The referee sent both teams to the dressing rooms. The stadium’s loudspeakers warned that the match would only resume if the racist remarks stopped.
After the 10-minute break, the two teams took to the pitch again and the referee restarted the match. A few seconds later, Chivulete decided to suspend the match due to the continuation of anti-Hungarian shouting. It is not the first time that the match of the team from Sfântu Gheorghe had to be interrupted. However, such a drastic step has never been taken before.
The mayor of Sfântu Gheorghe, Árpád Antal, also published a video of the incident, which you can watch below. In his post, he calls it intolerable and unacceptable that “extremist fans are making a mockery of football and sport with their atrocious Hungarian-hating behaviour”. He adds that today, the referee made a very important and good decision “for the first time” by suspending the match.
The case will most likely be referred to the Football League Disciplinary Committee, TransTelex writes. The committee will investigate the circumstances of the match. There is a good chance that Sepsi OSK will be declared the winner.