They hate Roma, Jews and LGBT people, they love knives: This is the “Carpathian Brigade”, the hard core of Hungarian fans

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A new big competition such as the European Football Championship is an opportunity to get to know the “Carpathian Brigade” again, the official ultras group of the Hungarian national team, which accompanies the national team to the most important competitions every year.

Their presence was noticed on Saturday afternoon against France, they also cheered against Portugal last week at the Puskas Arena, and you can easily notice them while watching the TV broadcast, it is the group behind the Hungarians’ goal in the first half, in which everyone is mostly trained in black t-shirts.

This group of Hungarian hooligans consists of several radical ultras groups from this country, led by the “Green Monsters”, the hardcore core of Ferencvaros fans, who follow the club in every game.

The “Monsters” are known for their violent history and outbursts, as well as racist and anti-Semitic slogans aimed at Roma, Jews and darker-skinned people. Ironically, Hungary also has one black player in the national team, the naturalized Frenchman Loika Nega.

They declare themselves as a right-wing Hungarian patriotic organization that does not shy away from confronting rival fans. They are also known as a group that does not shy away from using knives in fights, and that was their main feature during the 90s of the last century.

Racist slogans and derogatory songs at the expense of rivals are a common part of the folklore of this group, and a large number of Hungarian hooligans are active in martial arts and like to show their muscles in the stands during matches.

Four years ago, at the European Championship in France, Hungarian hooligans had several racist outbursts, due to which the Federation was fined mostly with a fine and a warning.

At this Euro, which is being held in their country as well, after racism and homophobic slogans in the match with Portugal for which they were registered, the Hungarians also attracted attention with racist insults against one of the best football players in the world, Kilian Embape.

During the walk to the stadium, the “Carpathian Brigade” even carried a banner on which a football player was kneeling with a clear message not to recognize the “Black lives matter” movement.

Source: Vesti online by

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