The Union of European Football Associations (


) has given permission to use symbols with the map of "Greater Hungary" at matches under its auspices.

This was reported by the Football Association of Hungary.

It is a map with parts of the territories of Ukraine (Transcarpathia), Slovakia, Romania and other lands that belonged to Hungary before the First World War.

The Hungarian Football Association said Uefa had allowed the use of banners depicting so-called "Greater Hungary" in stadiums because it allegedly "symbolized respect for historical Hungary and solidarity with fans abroad".

At the same time, the use of the symbols of "Greater Hungary" is possible only according to certain rules: the banner cannot contain other symbols or inscriptions - only the colors of the country's flag can be used.

"Our fans should be aware that any racist or political message will result in disciplinary action," the association said in a statement.

We will remind you that in November of last year, the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, 


to a friendly football match between the national teams of Hungary and Greece in Budapest with a scarf depicting a map of the so-called "Greater Hungary" with parts of the neighboring states in its composition, including the territories of modern Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Ukraine.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine commented on the prank of the Prime Minister of Hungary.

They emphasized that this does not contribute to the development of Ukrainian-Hungarian relations and does not correspond to the principles of European policy, and summoned the Hungarian ambassador for an explanation. 

Orban commented on the scandalous photo where he came to a football match wearing a scarf with a map of Great Hungary.

He stated that "football is not politics. You should not see what is not there."

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