The Romania-Belarus match at the National Arena in Bucharest on Tuesday night was not without nationalist and xenophobic shouting again, Gazeta Sporturilor reports. This is the second such instance in 3 days.
As we wrote yesterday, a similar instance happened on 25 March, during the Andorra-Romania football match. In the first minutes, members of the Romanian ultra-group “Uniti Sub Tricolor” started punching each other in the stands of the Andorran stadium, while chanting anti-Hungarian slogans.
This time, the fans were quiet until the second half of the game. According to Gazeta Sporturilor, members of the Uniti Sub Tricolor supporters group chanted anti-Hungarian slogans again.
According to the report, among other things, the text of the first article of Romania’s constitution, “Romania is a national, sovereign and independent, unitary and indivisible state” was held up on a banner. Then, a map of Greater Romania was displayed, and various slurs were used against Hungary and Hungarians. What is more, even a banner identifying historical Greater Hungary with Mongolia could be seen.
In addition, a brawl almost broke out within the group of supporters, but security managed to prevent it, the news portal says.
This whole revival of Nagy-Magyarország and waving the Greater Hungary flag at football games…
We lost WW1, siding with the Germans, paying the price for peace through the Treaty of Trianon.
Then, we got so hung up on “Trianon” that we sided with the Germans, again (Nazis, this time). No, we were not innocent.
If anything, Trianon brought us peace – and as our Politicians like to remind us, peace is of paramount importance. So why these Greater Hungary flags and chants are even allowed at games is anyone’s guess (perhaps nationalism and populism – which gets the other side riled up, as well)