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Hungary has imposed a two-match stadium ban and a £160k fine after England players were racially abused

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Hungary has been hit with a two-match stadium ban and a £160k fine by FIFA after sickening racial abuse targeting England players Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham during the World Cup qualifier in Budapest

  • FIFA has imposed a two-match stadium ban on Hungary for incidents of racial abuse during their World Cup qualifier against England this month
  • Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were both targeted by chants in Budapest
  • After the sickening abuse, FIFA launched disciplinary proceedings against Hungary
  • £160,000 fine overshadows FIFA’s previous penalties by some distance
  • The second game of the ban has been suspended for a two-year trial period











FIFA has imposed a two-match stadium ban and an unprecedented £160,000 fine on the Hungarian Football Association for its racial abuse against English players during the recent World Cup qualifier.

World football’s governing body has stated that Hungary will play its next home game behind closed doors, with the second game of the ban suspended for a two-year trial period.

They have also been hit with a sizable £160,000 fine, which somewhat overshadows previous fines handed out to the nation by FIFA.

Hungary has been hit with a two-match stadium ban and a fine after England players were victims of racial violence during their World Cup qualifier earlier this month

Racial chants also targeted teen Jude Bellingham as he warmed up during the match

Racial chants also targeted teen Jude Bellingham as he warmed up during the match

Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were both the target of monkey chants throughout the match, while the England base squad were roundly booed for taking the knee before kick-off.

Rockets were also thrown at England players and staff during the match.

And in a statement, FIFA confirmed: “Fifa’s Disciplinary Commission has imposed a ban and a substantial fine on the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ) over the racist behavior of numerous supporters during the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier between Hungary and England. on September 2, 2021.

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

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

After analyzing and considering all the circumstances of the case, in particular the seriousness of the incidents (racist words and acts, throwing objects, setting off fireworks, blocked stairs), the committee decided that the MLSZ would play its next two home bases. . matches in FIFA competitions without spectators, with the second match suspended for a two-year probation period.

In addition, the commission has imposed a fine of CHF 200,000.

FIFA’s stance remains firm and resolute in rejecting all forms of racism and violence, as well as any other form of discrimination or abuse.

FULL STATEMENT BY FIFA

FIFA’s Disciplinary Commission has banned the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ) over the racist behavior of numerous supporters during the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier between Hungary and England on September 2, 2021.

After analyzing and considering all the circumstances of the case, in particular the seriousness of the incidents (racist words and actions, throwing objects, setting off fireworks, blocked stairs), the committee decided that the MLSZ would play its next two home games in FIFA competitions without spectators, the second match will be suspended for a two-year probation period.

In addition, the commission 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.

FIFA takes a clear zero-tolerance position against such abhorrent behavior in football.

The decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has been notified to the MLSZ.

Hungary fans behind the goal England attacked after halftime created a hostile atmosphere

Hungary fans behind the goal England attacked after halftime created a hostile atmosphere

In addition to abuse directed against the stars of England, a flare was thrown on the pitch during the match

In addition to abuse directed against the stars of England, a flare was thrown on the pitch during the match

FIFA takes a clear zero-tolerance position against such abhorrent behavior in football.

“The decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has been notified to the MLSZ.”

Hungary already has a two-match UEFA stadium ban 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 racial abuse as 'completely unacceptable'

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

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