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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Ex-HSV coach Ricardo Moniz receives a ban after signs against racism

Hungarian top division club Zalaegerszegi TE FC coach Ricardo Moniz has been banned for a month by the Disciplinary Committee of the Hungarian Football Association (FEB) after he spoke out against racism during last Saturday’s league game against Honved Budapast.

During the game, monkey noises could be heard from the visitors’ fan block whenever the home side’s black players got the ball. “I asked the fourth official several times to stop this,” Moniz explained Algemeen Dagblad. “But he didn’t hear anything, he said.”

“Then I stepped two meters into the field,” continued the Dutchman, who had already worked for HSV and 1860 Munich in Germany. “I got red from the referee for that. My whole group was behind me.”

The Hungarian Football Association has now banned Moniz from all football-related sporting activities for a month because of his behavior, which means he will no longer be allowed to sit on the bench at Zalaegerszegi this year. At the same time, disciplinary proceedings were initiated against both clubs because of fan actions in connection with disorder.

“We regret that Ricardo Moniz will not be on the bench for the next four games, but I can say that the players and the club’s staff stand by the head coach and we believe we will come out of this situation stronger,” said Zalaegerszegi -Sporting Director Attila Drag√≥ner on the club’s website. “We will continue to stand by our principle that racism has no place on the football field.”


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