FRANCE may be World Champions and UEFA Nations League champions, but all does not seem well in French domestic football. Last weekend, the game between Marseille and Lyon was abandoned after Dimitri Payet, everyone’s favourite punchbag these days, was struck … Continue reading Football Media Watch: Why does France seem so unhappy?
Game of the People found itself on the frontline on a grey October Sunday afternoon in Budapest. Around 3,000 football fans, drawn from various clubs, including Ujpest, MTK, Honved and Ferencvaros, demonstrated their anger at the proposed introduction of biometric scanning of supporters’ hands as they enter a game. The Hungarian FA (MLSV) is introducing tough security measures that include palm scanning and greater surveillance. It is discouraging the die-hard fans from attending games (Hungarian crowds are already pitifully low). Imagine introducing this in a country like England or Germany – comments like: “Fans have no privacy and no freedom … Continue reading You’ve got to hand it to Hungary’s fans