Giggs not worried about threat of racism in Hungary match

HUNGARY were punished by UEFA after their fans caused trouble away to Slovakia in March.

Ryan Giggs has brushed aside fears that his Wales players could be the target for racism during their Euro 2020 qualifier against Hungary.

Some 3,000 seats will be unfilled at Budapest’s Groupama Arena today after UEFA ordered a partial stadium closure following the behaviour of Hungary supporters in Slovakia in March.

Hungary fans were found guilty of racist behaviour, vandalism and the setting off of fireworks, and the Hungarian Football Federation must display a banner with the wording ‘EqualGame’ on it in the closed sector today.

“There will be less fans in the stadium, but I understand it’s a very good atmosphere,” Giggs said when asked about the threat of racism from Hungary fans.

“I’ve talked before about sanctions on racism not being strong enough. They need to be stronger.

“But for me it’s all about concentrating on the game. I’ve got enough to worry about with winning this game.

“We hope that all the fans behave as always in all the games as they should.”

Wales are seeking inspiration from captain Gareth Bale as they attempt to bounce back from their 2-1 weekend defeat in Croatia, which left them three points behind Group E leaders Hungary.

Giggs is likely to make changes after the draining demands of playing in 30-degree heat in Osijek on Saturday. – PA Sport

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