Hungary hit with two-game stadium ban and £160k fine after England players were racially abused


Hungary are hit with a two-game stadium ban and £160k fine by FIFA after sickening racist abuse targeted England players Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham during World Cup qualifying clash in Budapest

  • FIFA have handed Hungary a two-game stadium ban for incidents of racial abuse during their World Cup qualifying clash against England this month 
  • Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were both targeted by chants in Budapest 
  • After the sickening abuse, FIFA began disciplinary proceedings against Hungary


FIFA have imposed a two game stadium ban and unprecedented £160,000 fine on the Hungary Football Association for the racist abuse directed at England players during the recent World Cup qualifier.

World football’s governing body has declared that Hungary will play their next home game behind closed doors, with the second match of the ban suspended for a probationary period of two years.

They have also been hit with a significant £160,000 fine, which eclipses by some distance previous fines dished out to the nation by FIFA.

Hungary have been hit with a two-game stadium ban and fined after England players were subjected to racial abuse during their World Cup qualifying clash earlier this month

Hungary have been hit with a two-game stadium ban and fined after England players were subjected to racial abuse during their World Cup qualifying clash earlier this month

Racial chants were also directed at teen Jude Bellingham while he warmed up during the game

Racial chants were also directed at teen Jude Bellingham while he warmed up during the game

Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were both targeted with monkey chants during the game, while England’s starting XI were roundly booed for taking the knee before kick-off.

Missiles were also thrown at England players and staff throughout the game.

And in a statement, FIFA confirmed: ‘The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a ban and a substantial 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.

Raheem Sterling was subjected to monkey chants by sections of the home crowd in Budapest

Raheem Sterling was subjected to monkey chants by sections of the home crowd in Budapest

‘After analysing and taking into consideration all the circumstances of the case, specifically the seriousness of the incidents (racist words and actions, throwing of objects, lighting of fireworks, blocked stairways), the Committee decided that the MLSZ would play its next two home matches in FIFA competitions without spectators, the second match being suspended for a probationary period of two years.

‘In addition, the Committee imposed a fine of CHF 200,000. 

‘FIFA’s position remains firm and resolute in rejecting any form of racism and violence as well as any other form of discrimination or abuse.

Hungary fans behind the goal England attacked after half-time created a hostile atmosphere

Hungary fans behind the goal England attacked after half-time created a hostile atmosphere

As well as abuse directed at England's stars, a flare was thrown on to the pitch during the game

As well as abuse directed at England’s stars, a flare was thrown on to the pitch during the game

‘FIFA takes a clear zero tolerance stance against such abhorrent behaviour in football.

‘The decision rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was notified to the MLSZ.’

Hungary already have a two game UEFA stadium ban nagging over them after their fans were accused of racism and homophobia during Euro 2020, where Budapest was one of the host cities.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the racial abuse as being 'completely unacceptable'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the racial abuse as being ‘completely unacceptable’

 

FIFA’S STATEMENT

First and foremost, FIFA strongly rejects any form of racism and violence and has a very clear zero tolerance stance for such behaviour in football.

FIFA will take adequate actions as soon as it receives match reports concerning yesterday’s Hungary-England game.

With regards to the previous UEFA sanction against Hungary, please note that as specified by UEFA at the time, this sanction is to be served in UEFA competitions.

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