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Hungary discover FIFA punishment after fans racially abused England players

England stars Jude Bellingham and Raheem Sterling have been each targeted with horrific racist abuse by Hungary fans throughout England’s World Cup qualifier in Budapest earlier this month

Hungary have been ordered to play their subsequent World Cup qualifier behind closed doors and pay an effective fine of £158,000 for the racist abuse their fans directed in direction of England stars in Budapest earlier this month.

Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham have been each subjected to horrific monkey chants throughout England’s 4-0 win in a World Cup qualifier on September 2.

England stars had additionally been loudly booed at kick-off when they took a knee and have been later pelted with objects within the second half.

A flare was then thrown onto the pitch following Harry Maguire’s aim to place England 3-0 ahead.

FIFA launched an investigation after the match and selected a two-match stadium ban, though the second match is suspended for a probationary interval of two years.

A press release from the game’s governing body read: “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a ban and a considerable fine on the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) in relation to the racist behaviour of numerous supporters during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying match between Hungary and England on 2 September 2021.
“After analysing and considering all of the circumstances of the case, particularly the seriousness of the incidents (racist phrases and actions, throwing of objects, lighting of fireworks, blocked stairways), the Committee determined that the MLSZ would play its subsequent two home matches in FIFA competitions without spectators, the second match being suspended for a probationary interval of two years.

“As well as, the Committee imposed a fine of CHF 200,000 (£158,416).

“FIFA’s position stays firm and resolute in rejecting any type of racism and violence in addition to every other type of discrimination or abuse. FIFA takes a transparent zero tolerance stance towards such abhorrent behaviour in football.

“The decision rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was notified to the MLSZ.”

In June, UEFA slapped the Hungarian FA with a £85,500 fine and imposed a three-game stadium closure following discriminatory behaviour by their supporters throughout Euro 2020.

Nonetheless, the ban, one game of which was suspended, didn’t apply for England’s journey for September’s World Cup qualifier because the fixture fell beneath FIFA’s jurisdiction, not UEFA.

Europe’s governing body didn’t ask for the punishment to be transferred, permitting for a full 60,000 capability crowd to look at the match, which England won 4-0.


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