UEFA charges Hungary for fan disorder at Euro 2016 match

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Posted: Jun 19, 2016 7:02 AM
UEFA charges Hungary for fan disorder at Euro 2016 match

PARIS (AP) — After more fan disorder in Marseille at the European Championship, UEFA hit the Hungarian soccer federation with a range of disciplinary charges on Sunday.

In a second case announced by UEFA, a Portugal fan who ran on the field to get a selfie with Cristiano Ronaldo will cost his national soccer body a fine.

UEFA holds federations responsible for the behavior of their fans inside stadiums.

In the Hungary case, UEFA said its disciplinary panel will meet Tuesday to judge charges of "crowd disturbances," throwing objects and setting off fireworks.

Fans clashed with stewards and some police before the game when trying to climb a fence to enter a section behind one goal. Riot police then formed in lines in front a section of Hungary fans, in the same end of Stade Velodrome where Russians attacked England fans one week earlier.

Hungary fans then lit or threw flares or firecrackers during the national anthems, when Iceland was awarded a penalty kick, and after their team scored a late goal in a 1-1 draw.

UEFA is likely to impose a fine, which could be more severe as it is the second case involving Hungary at Euro 2016 — the team's first major tournament in 30 years.

An earlier charge followed Hungary fans setting off fireworks in Bordeaux at a 2-0 win over Austria.

The Portuguese soccer federation can expect to pay a financial penalty for the fan's determination to track down Ronaldo on Saturday after a 0-0 draw with Austria.

The man ran across half the field from behind one goal at Parc des Princes and caught up with Ronaldo near the halfway line. Ronaldo gestured to a security official to stay back until the fan got the picture before being led away.

In a third case, UEFA charged the Belgian soccer federation for fans lighting and throwing fireworks during a 3-0 win over Ireland in Bordeaux on Saturday.