More than 55,000 spectators saw Hungary's European Championship game against Portugal.
Karl Lauterbach can only shake his head, while Viktor Orban should be satisfied.
Budapest - It was almost unfamiliar pictures that were sent from Hungary to the world on Tuesday (June 15).
A soccer game in a nearly sold-out stadium - something like this hadn't existed for a long time.
The opening game of the Hungarian national team against Portugal at the European Championship took place in front of 55,662 spectators.
EM 2021: players enthusiastic about "great" fans - Hungary loses 3-0
The players were happy about the support in the Budapest Puskas-Arena. "The fans were great, we can count ourselves lucky that we have them behind us," said Hungary's striker Rolland Sallai. “It was just great. I would like to thank everyone who watched, ”said Portugal coach Fernando Santos. Portugal's superstar Cristiano Ronaldo said after the final whistle that he had longed for the moment to play in front of so many fans again.
The cauldron in Budapest seemed to inspire the outsider.
Hungary defended passionately against the European champions and kept a 0-0 up until the 84th minute.
In the end it should be 0: 3.
The hosts were still celebrated by the fans.
The atmosphere was sparkling even before kick-off, for example with Hungary's loudly sung national anthem.
While some players, fans and observers see the spectators as an atmospheric return to normality and are positive about the stadium load, there are other voices.
EM 2021: Lauterbach complains about a full stadium - "Exactly what the EM should avoid"
In view of the renunciation of distances and mostly masks, there was criticism of this large crowd in pandemic times, especially since around 25,000 Hungarians made the pilgrimage to the stadium before kick-off.
According to Uli Hoeneß, Honorary President of Bavaria, such images sent “a bad signal.
One can only hope that nothing happens, ”he said at
SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach became even clearer: "These pictures show exactly what the EM should avoid," he wrote via Twitter and continued: "While half of Europe and 95 percent of the poorer world have not yet been vaccinated, you behave like this, as if the pandemic was over.
Reckless and unsporting. "
EM 2021: Corona in Hungary - low incidence, high vaccination rate
Hungary currently has the corona pandemic largely under control. The seven-day incidence in the past few days has always been below 10 cases per 100,000 inhabitants - within the EU only Malta, Romania and Poland have lower values. In Germany it is 13.2. In addition, Hungary is one of the European positive examples when it comes to vaccination. 55 percent of people have received at least one dose, 42.6 percent are fully vaccinated (as of June 15). In Germany it is 48.7 and 26.8 percent, respectively.
The hygiene and safety concept that applies in the stadiums of the European Championship should also be mentioned.
Infections should be excluded according to UEFA.
In Hungary, it is recommended that you wear a mask on site and that it is not mandatory.
Given the current number of infections, the stadium load seems appropriate for many fans.
A number of German football fans have also secured tickets for games in Budapest.
Pictures from almost bygone days: A full football stadium.
© Robert Michael / dpa
EM 2021: Orban can fill the stadium - he wants to "strengthen community spirit and national pride"
Hungary's head of state Viktor Orban can only be right. The Prime Minister likes to pretend to be a man of the people and tries to secure his power through organized sport. A number of stadiums and public sports facilities have recently been built in Hungary, and members of Orban's Fidesz party have great influence in the country's football clubs. In the recent past, Orban has also been intensively looking to join forces with UEFA. When some games could not take place as planned in the spring due to strict Corona rules, the 58-year-old made the Puskas Arena available. Both Champions League round of 16 games between Liverpool and Leipzig therefore took place in Budapest. In September, FC Bayern won the Supercup against Sevilla in Budapest - in front of more than 15,000 spectators.
Orban decided early on that UEFA could plan with full stadium utilization in Hungary. Important income and atmospheric images for the European Football Union. According to Orban's critics, this decision is calculated. “He is of the firm conviction that sport in particular strengthens community spirit and national pride,” quotes Die
journalist János Kele, who is critical of the government. "You should also know that one of the cornerstones of the Fidesz Party's policy is to constantly emphasize that Hungarians are destined to do great things in life - for example by hosting big tournaments."