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Giggs says Wales are focussed on winning and not threat of racism in Hungary

Wales Manager Ryan Giggs says his team are focused on winning their game against Hungary and not on the threat of racism.

Budapest’s Groupama Arena will be partially closed for the game with around 3,000 empty seats.

The closure has been ordered by UEFA after Hungary fans were found guilty of racist behaviour, vandalism and the setting off of fireworks in Slovakia in March.

The Hungarian Football Federation must also display a banner with the wording ‘EqualGame’ on it in the closed sector on Tuesday.

Giggs said he still expects a good atmosphere.

There will be less fans in the stadium, but I understand it’s a very good atmosphere.

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 currently three points behind Group E leaders Hungary following their 2-1 defeat to Croatia at the weekend.

Ryan Giggs on the touchine in Croatia

Giggs added he was happy with Gareth Bale’s performance against Croatia – as the future of the Real Madrid star at his club remains in doubt.

He had a couple of chances and on another day they go in.

It was his first game in six weeks, we had a great build-up in Portugal and a great week at Colliers Park. Gareth grew into the game, not playing for six weeks that might be understandable. Hopefully’s he’s saving it for Hungary.


Giggs is likely to make changes to the team for the Hungary game after the team played their last match in 30 degree heat.

Chris Gunter is set to replace Connor Roberts at right-back and win a record 95th cap.

David Brooks and Ethan Ampadu, who both impressed as late substitutes against Croatia, will also come into contention if they can prove their match fitness.

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