• search

Hungary steps up security for Norway match

Written by: Staff
|

BUDAPEST, Aug 31 (Reuters) Hungarian police and football authorities are to step up security at Saturday's European qualifer with Norway to prevent Hungarian fans endangering the country's Euro 2012 bid by displaying anti-Slovak banners.

Tension between the two ex-communist countries over the treatment of Hungarian minorities in Slovakia has risen in recent weeks after a far right party became part of a coalition government in Slovakia.

Last week a woman of Hungarian descent was beaten in Slovakia, prompting the Hungarian Prime Minister to complain to Bratislava.

Hungarian and Slovak football fans have in recent weeks displayed banners denigrating each other at club games.

''Three weeks ago we started to work with police and the head of Hungarian supporters' clubs. This game is highly important regarding security for UEFA as well and there will be 400 security people inside the stadium,'' said Otto Zimmmermann head of communications at the Hungarian FA.

Some 2,800 Norwegian fans are expected for the game.

Croatia and Hungary are bidding to co-host the 2012 competition.

Another join bid from Poland and Ukraine and a single bid from Italy have also been shortlisted. UEFA will make their decision on the bids in December.

Reuters PDS GC1925

For Daily Alerts

For Breaking News from Oneindia
Get instant news updates throughout the day.

Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Done
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more