Hungary has been handed a two-match stadium ban and a massive fine after fans
racially abused England’s stars.
FIFA has officially handed Hungary a two-match stadium ban and a six-figure fine
after their fans racially abused England’s players last month.
Supporters threw objects on the pitch during the Three Lions’ 4-0 victory in
Budapest, while Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were among the players
subjected to racist chanting.
The punishment – which includes a £160,000 fine, Supporters will be banned from
the World Cup qualifier against Albania on October 9
while the second match ban will be suspended for a period of two years.
In a statement, FIFA said: “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a ban and a
substantial fine on the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) in relation to the racist
behavior of numerous supporters during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying
match between Hungary and England on 2 September 2021.
“After analyzing and taking into consideration all the circumstances of the case,
specifically the seriousness of the incidents (racist words and actions, throwing of
objects, lighting off 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 (£160,000).”
The size of the fine is particularly large considering Hungary’s previous Fifa fines for
issues in 2016 were £10,000 and £20,000.
Fifa has reacted after accusations they are not punishing clubs enough.
In the statement, Fifa added: “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 stance against such abhorrent behaviour in football.”
Commenting on the abuse immediately after the clash, Borussia Dortmund
midfielder Bellingham demanded authorities to crack down on racism in football.
He tweeted: “Thank you for all the messages of support from last night.
“Part of the game and always will be until proper punishments are put in place by
those with the power. “We can’t let hate win, keep smiling!”