Hungarians make Nazi salutes during Euro 2016

Hungarian soccer fans clash with French police and stewards, police to investigate for anti-Semitism.

Shoshana Miskin Perez,

Hungarian far-right ultras perform Nazi salutes during EURO 2016
Hungarian far-right ultras perform Nazi salutes during EURO 2016

French police have launched an investigation into a group of Hungarian soccer fans who were caught on camera making Nazi salutes during their team’s Euro 2016 match against Iceland, the UK’s Daily Mail reported.

The upsetting images of the Hungarian fans performing the salute occurred after groups were seen climbing over segregation walls and brawling with stewards in Marseille's Stade Velodrome.

Riot police intervened and officers used pepper spray to restore order.

The fans in question, believed to be of the far-right ultra-nationalist Jobbik party, were wearing matching black shirts with the word “Magyarország” (Hungary) emblazoned in white letters, as they made the Nazi gesture.

“The incidents are under investigation, and could lead to prosecutions under anti-racism laws, and legislation aimed at combating anti-Semitism,” said a police source.

The stadium where the match took place is located near a Jewish district of Marseille, where residents often complain of verbal and physical intimidation by anti-Semites.

Those prosecuted under France’s strict anti-Semitism laws may be jailed and fined.

This is not the first violent incident to occur in the Stade Velodrome; a week prior, Russians attending the game against England were seen abusing stewards from ethnic minorities, as well as disabled fans. Russian hooligans also embarked in an apparently pre-planned attack on England fans.

More violence between Euro 2016 fans clashing with each other and police occurred on multiple occasions: Russia and England fans were arrested for clashes on the streets of Marseille; Russian and Ireland supporters were seen fighting in the streets of Nice; and Ukraine and Germany fans were fighting outside a bar in Lille.