Hungary FA issue statement after England stars racially abused – but don’t mention racism


Jude Bellingham and Raheem Sterling both received audible racist abuse from sections of the Hungarian support during Thursday night’s World Cup qualifier in Budapest

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The Hungarian FA have made a statement regarding the behaviour of their fans in Thursday night’s clash against England but made no reference to racism.

Gareth Southgate’s side ran out four-goal victors in Budapest during their World Cup qualifier on Thursday night, but the victory was marred by racism from sections of the home support.

There was audible racist chanting and monkey noises directed at Jude Bellingham and Raheem Sterling, the latter of whom opened the scoring.

The Hungarian fans also vociferously booed the England players for taking a knee prior to kick-off, with Southgate’s players continuing to support the anti-racist gesture.








Hungarian fans threw missiles at Raheem Sterling after he opened the scoring in Budapest
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It was the latest in a long line of unsavoury incidents involving Hungary fans which led to UEFA have ordering the nation to play two matches behind closed doors.

However, that ban does not apply to FIFA matches – which explained why that was not applicable to Thursday night’s clash.

The statement from the Hungarian FA read: “The vast majority of the sixty thousand fans visiting the Puskás Arena were sporting, encouraging the Hungarian national team, even when the team was already losing.

“It is in their defence that the disruptors need to be identified and severely punished.





“Fans entering the field, throwing light grenades and glasses, are being identified. The MLSZ has filed and will file a police report against them. Any fine will be passed on to the perpetrators in civil litigation, and they can expect a 2-year disqualification from sporting events at the end of the trial.”

Kick It Out chief executive Tony Burnett criticised FIFA and UEFA for their handling of the matter, saying it was entirely preventable if sanctions issued by UEFA in July had been extended to the FIFA competition.

“The question for us is why FIFA didn’t act to prevent this, and why the global football system didn’t work together to prevent this,” he told the PA news agency.

“All I’m hearing again thus far is excuses about who should file what paperwork and who should file permission for X, Y and Z.

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“The players and Gareth Southgate, yet again, are having to talk about a really distressing situation they have been put in because the authorities didn’t do their job.
“The red tape – if it is red tape – is stopping the system working..

“If we knew that (there was a risk of racist abuse at the match) then FIFA knew it.

“I just really question the will, intent and desire to eradicate discrimination if you can’t protect players in a city and in an environment where you’re 90 per cent sure they’re going to get abused.




“If a country is being found guilty of discrimination, and the stadium has been ordered to be closed to fans, that should apply irrespective of the competition that that country’s playing in because the message is really simple.

“The message ‘if you can’t control your fans and you can’t protect players that are going into that environment, then you’re not fit to hold a game’. Whether that’s a European game or a World Cup qualifier is irrelevant to me.”

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