Hungary handed two-game stadium ban after fans racially abused England stars

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Hungary has been handed a two-match stadium ban and a hefty fine after fans racially abused England stars.

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FIFA has abolished the punishment – which included a £160,000 fine – for a stadium disturbance during England’s 4-0 win in Budapest on 2 September.

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Hungary has been banned from a two-match stadium after fans racially abused England players earlier this monthcredit: Reuters
Manchester City stars Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were abused and targeted

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Manchester City stars Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were abused and targetedcredit: Reuters

Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were among the players who were racially harassed while fans threw objects on the pitch during the match.

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Supporters will be banned from the World Cup qualifier against Albania on 9 October, while their second match ban will be suspended for a period of two years.

FIFA said in a statement: “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a ban and substantial fine on the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) in connection with the racist behavior of several supporters during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying match between Hungary and England. 2 September on 2021.

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“After analyzing and considering all the circumstances of the case, in particular the gravity of the incidents (racist words and actions, throwing objects, lighting fireworks, blocked ladders), the Committee decided that MLSZ would play its next two home spectators. Without matches in FIFA competitions, the second match was suspended for a two-year probationary period.

“In addition, the committee imposed a fine of CHF 200,000 (£160,000).”

The size of the fine is particularly large given Hungary’s previous FIFA fines of £10,000 and £20,000 for issues in 2016.

Hungary has also been fined £160,000 after supporters launched objects onto the pitch.

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Hungary has also been fined £160,000 after supporters launched objects onto the pitch.credit: getty

FIFA has responded after allegations that they were not punishing clubs adequately.

In the statement, FIFA said: “FIFA’s position is firm and firm 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 this type of disgusting behavior in football.”

Commenting on the abuse soon after the clash, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Bellingham called on officials 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 appropriate punishment is given by those with power. We can’t let hate win, keep smiling!”

And Welsh winger Gareth Bale said countries with racist fans should be kicked out of competitions.

Speaking about the abuse England players are facing, he said: “It’s disappointing. I don’t know why they start these investigations that take so long. It’s clear to see.”

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He said, “It has been caught on camera, the journalists I really don’t understand why such a huge investigation is needed. It is clear that it happened.”

“It doesn’t matter if it happened a little or a lot. Action needs to be taken to stop it.

He said, “Whether you ban fans from the stadium or they keep doing what is happening again and again, you ban the country from the competition.

“I think it straights it out. If that country keeps doing these horrible gestures, maybe the best thing to do is to get rid of them, give them a suspension and hope they learn their lesson that way.” “

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