Hungary Summons German Envoy Over Football Coach Sacking
Zeeshan Mehtab 7 days ago Thu 08th April 2021 | 07:45 PM
Hungary summoned a German embassy official Thursday after a Bundesliga football side sacked its Hungarian goalkeeping coach for making anti-immigration comments in an interview
Budapest, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Apr, 2021 ) :Hungary summoned a German embassy official Thursday after a Bundesliga football side sacked its Hungarian goalkeeping coach for making anti-immigration comments in an interview.
With Hungarian sports people rarely commenting in public on current affairs or social issues, Gulacsi's post sparked a fierce debate in Hungary and drew criticism from supporters of Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
The nationalist premier has enacted a socially conservative policy agenda in recent years, shaping Hungary into what he calls a "Christian-conservative" bastion against liberal ideologies.
"Germany should answer whether or not it is still a country of rule of law, freedom of speech is a European value," he told a press briefing Thursday.
Hertha Berlin said in a statement on Tuesday that Petry's remarks breached the club's commitment to values of diversity and tolerance, and that it had terminated the Hungarian's contract with immediate effect.
After his sacking, Petry said that he was "neither homophobic nor xenophobic" and regretted his statement on immigration, apologising "to all the people who are seeking refuge".