Hungarian FA issue a punishment threat to Ferencvaros midfielder Tokmac Nguen for his George Floyd tribute

Puskas 1 – Ferencvaros 1

The Hungarian football league restarted last weekend following a long pause during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The final match of round 26 finished Puskas 1 – Ferencvaros 1.

Ferencvaros, who are the league leaders, took the lead in the 17th minute through their South Sudanese midfielder Tokmac Nguen.

Puskas levelled the match in the 31st minute following a Gergo Lovrencsics own goal.

 

Tokmac Nguen celebrated his goal with a George Floyd tribute

After scoring the opener in the match, Tokmac Nguen paid tribute to murdered American George Floyd.

Nguen lifted up his Ferencvaros shirt to display an undershirt with “Justice for George Floyd” written on it.

 

Hungarian FA issue a punishment threat to Ferencvaros midfielder Tokmac Nguen

However, the Hungarian FA have taken a dim view of Tokmac Nguen’s gesture.

In a statement released by the Hungarian FA, they’ve confirmed that Tokmac Nguen has been officially warned over his actions last weekend.

Nguen has been censored for “wearing a prohibited inscription” on his clothing.

Moreover, the Hungarian FA have warned the South Sudan international against repeating his gesture again. They wrote:

The Disciplinary Committee decided on the minimum penalty that could be imposed under the rules.

In the future, there will be an actual penalty for wearing a prohibited inscription.

 

Note: FIFA call for ‘common sense’

The reaction of the Hungarian FA is in contradiction to the guidelines laid out by FIFA this weekend. FIFA released a statement, saying:

FIFA fully understands the depth of sentiment and concerns expressed by many footballers in light of the tragic circumstances of the George Floyd case.

The application of the laws of the game … is left for the competitions’ organizers, which should use common sense and have in consideration the context surrounding the events.

 

Also see: While Liverpool, Chelsea & Man United’s stars pay tribute to George Floyd, Kick It Out petition FA to stop sanctions.

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This article was edited by Ben Green.

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