FIFA promised to take stringent measures after England players were subjected to racist abuse during the match against Hungary in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
FIFA’s commitment came after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the racist abuse of England’s players as “totally unacceptable”, according to Agence France-Presse.
Fans of Hungary sang monkey songs to Raheem Sterling during Thursday’s match at Budapest’s Puskas Arena, which England won 4-0.
Manchester City striker Sterling scored the first goal in the sweeping win for the Lions, but the result was overshadowed by abuse directed at England players.
During the match, missiles and torches were thrown onto the pitch by hostile fans.
Johnson tweeted: “It is totally unacceptable that English players have been subjected to racist abuse in Hungary last night “.
It is totally unacceptable that @England players have been racially abused in Hungary last night.
I solicit @FIFAcom take strong action against those responsible to ensure than this type of shameful behavior is eradicated from the game for good.
– Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 3, 2021
“I urge FIFA to take strong action against those responsible to ensure that this kind of shameful behavior is eliminated from the game forever.”
UEFA in July ordered Hungary to play its next three matches behind closed doors, with one match suspended for two years, after its fans were found guilty of discriminatory behavior during Euro 2020.
However, the ban did not enter in force for the World Cup qualifying match against England because it is a FIFA competition.
FIFA said “appropriate action” will be taken in report on abuses suffered by players in Budapest.
“First of all, FIFA strongly rejects any form of racism and violence and has a very clear position of tolerance zero for tale behavior in football, “FIFA said in its statement.
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