FIFA have ordered Hungary to play two games behind closed doors following incidents of racist behavior by their supporters in the World Cup qualifiers against England on September 2.
The Three Lions won the game 4-0, but the game was marred by the actions of hostile home fans in Puskas Arena.
England players were thrown at them as black Three Lions stars suffered racist abuse in Hungary
Sterling was one of the main subjects of the abuse
There were reports of monkey chants targeting Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham, while objects were thrown at other English players during the match.
There was also an audible chorus of boos filling the stadium as Gareth Southgate’s men knelt before kick-off.
A FIFA statement said: “After having analyzed and taken into consideration all the circumstances of the case, in particular the seriousness of the incidents (racist words and actions, throwing objects, lighting of fireworks, blocked stairs) , the committee decided that MLSZ will play its next two home matches in FIFA competitions without spectators, with the second match suspended for a probationary period of two years.
“FIFA’s position remains firm and resolute in rejecting all forms of racism and violence as well as all other forms of discrimination or abuse. FIFA takes a clear zero tolerance stance against such heinous behavior in football. “
A chorus of boos echoed around Puskas Arena as England players took the knee
In addition to the stadium ban, the FIFA disciplinary committee imposed a fine of 200,000 Swiss francs [just under £160,000].
FIFA opened proceedings against Hungary the day after the match, but football authorities were criticized for failing to postpone a UEFA stadium ban imposed in July for racist chants and homophobic banners in the qualifiers. the World Cup, which are supervised by FIFA.
UEFA’s sanctions will only come into effect in the Nations League next year. Article 66 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code allows confederations such as UEFA to seek the extension of a sanction to FIFA competitions, but UEFA sources insisted at the time of the incident against the England that its own regulations prevented it.
Kick It Out chief executive Tony Burnett told the PA News Agency the abuse was “preventable and predictable.”
The Professional Footballers Association also condemned the abuse and urged FIFA and UEFA to close the regulatory “loophole”.
It is also understood that the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was unable to take into account the previous offense sanctioned by UEFA just two months ago. Again, sources cited the fact that section 66 had not been invoked.
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