Hungary discover FIFA punishment after fans racially abused England players

Hungary have been ordered to play their next World Cup qualifier behind closed doors and pay a fine of £158,000 for the racist abuse their fans directed towards England players in Budapest earlier this month.

Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were both subjected to horrific monkey chants during England's 4-0 win in a World Cup qualifier on September 2.

England players had also been loudly booed at kick-off when they took a knee and were later pelted with objects in the second half.

A flare was then thrown onto the pitch following Harry Maguire's goal to put England 3-0 ahead.

FIFA launched an investigation after the match and decided on a two-match stadium ban, although the second match is suspended for a probationary period of two years.

A statement from the game's governing body read: "The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a ban and a substantial fine on the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) in relation to the racist behaviour of numerous supporters during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying match between Hungary and England on 2 September 2021.

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"After analysing and taking into consideration all the circumstances of the case, specifically the seriousness of the incidents (racist words and actions, throwing of objects, lighting of 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 (£158,416).

"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.

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"The decision rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was notified to the MLSZ."

In June, UEFA slapped the Hungarian FA with a £85,500 fine and imposed a three-game stadium closure following discriminatory behaviour by their supporters during Euro 2020.

However, the ban, one game of which was suspended, did not apply for England's trip for September's World Cup qualifier as the fixture fell under FIFA's jurisdiction, not UEFA.

Europe's governing body did not ask for the punishment to be transferred, allowing for a full 60,000 capacity crowd to watch the match, which England won 4-0.

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