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Orbán defends football fans who whistled Irish players on their knees

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Thursday defended football fans who booed the Irish national team as they knelt in solidarity against racism during a match this week.

The incident occurred during Tuesday’s friendly against Hungary.

“Politics has no place in sport,” Orbán said during a government press conference.

Before the match, the Hungarian football federation had already issued a statement indicating that the country’s national team would not kneel.

Orbán said that Hungarians kneel before God, in front of their country and when they ask for the hand of their lovers.

He also said that Hungarians do not have the moral duty of those from countries that had slavery.

“Hungary has never been a slave country,” he said. “We cannot feel the moral weight that those countries have.”


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