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27th October, 2014

Soccer fans object to stricter rules

A crowd of hard-line football supporters gathered on Kossuth ter Sunday afternoon to protest against the decline of Hungarian football and plans to introduce strict ID requirements at stadiums.

The crowd of “ultras” from 18 clubs set off firecrackers and smoke bombs, and demanded the resignation of Football Association president Sandor Csanyi.

They are angered by plans to introduce fans’ cards and registration.

Organisers put the crowd at 5,000-6,000; other reports spoke of 1,500.

The ultra groups boycotted the matches played over the weekend before marching to Parliament on Sunday afternoon.

Jobbik MP Istvan Apati joined the protesters. (N p.5; MH p.16; origo.hu; atv.hu; hvg.hu)

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