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Hungary's Ferencvaros, Jewish leaders remember heroic coach

BUDAPEST - Hungary's most popular soccer team has paid tribute to a former player and coach who later was in the anti-Nazi resistance and helped save hundreds of Jews before he was executed in 1945.

 

Ferencvaros officials, leaders of Hungary's Jewish community, and representatives of the World Jewish Congress took part in Thursday's commemoration of Istvan Toth, ahead of the team's Europa League qualifying match against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

 

"I hope he can serve as an example for people who want to create similar paths in their own fields," said his grandson, also called Istvan Toth.

 

Ferencvaros, which has faced fines and other disciplinary measures for its fans' racist chants or behavior, dedicated the match to Toth's memory, and children escorting players to the football pitch wore T-shirts with his likeness.

 


First published: 07.12.18, 21:55