Hungary v England: FIFA to take ‘adequate action’ against racist fans

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England's 4-0 win over Hungary was overshadowed by the racist abuse the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were forced to endure

England’s 4-0 win over Hungary was overshadowed by the racist abuse the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were forced to endure (Picture: Getty)

FIFA has promised ‘adequate actions’ in response to the racist abuse which marred England’s World Cup qualifying win in Hungary.

England players Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were targeted by monkey chants by home supporters during the game in Budapest, which England won 4-0.

Sterling was also pelted with cups after scoring England’s opening goal on Thursday night.

epa09443992 Raheem Sterling of England celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying Group I soccer match Hungary vs England at Puskas Ferenc Arena in Budapest, Hungary, 02 September 2021. EPA/Tibor Illyes HUNGARY OUT

Raheem Sterling was pelted with cups and racially abused after scoring England’s opening goal against Hungary (Credits: EPA)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on FIFA to act, and world football’s governing body has pledged to do so.

‘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,’ a statement from the governing body read.

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

Some England players, including Declan Rice, opted to make light of the cups that were hurled from the crowd after England's opening goal

Some England players, including Declan Rice, opted to make light of the cups that were hurled from the crowd after England’s opening goal (Picture: Reuters)
Hungary were given a two-match stadium ban by European football’s governing body UEFA as recently as July but last night’s game fell under FIFA’s jurisdiction (Picture: Getty)

‘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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The Prime Minister had earlier tweeted from his official account: ‘It is completely unacceptable that England players were racially abused in Hungary last night.

‘I urge FIFA to take strong action against those responsible to ensure that this kind of disgraceful behaviour is eradicated from the game for good.’

FIFA’s regulations provide for reoffenders to be deducted points, ordered to play behind closed doors and even expelled from competitions.

Hungary were given a two-match stadium ban by European football’s governing body UEFA as recently as July after allegations of racist chanting and homophobic banners being displayed during Euro 2020 matches against France and Portugal.

However, the ban could not be extended or carried over into the World Cup qualifier against England because it is a FIFA competition.

England’s players were also booed before kick-off after they took the knee as a gesture against racism.

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