FIFA launched an investigation into the World Cup qualifier game that took place between Hungary and England in August. The game took place on 02 September in Budapest and England dominated the home side and finished with a 4-0 scoreline.
Things turned ugly early on as Hungarian fans started to boo the England squad when they took a knee before the game.
Each time England scored, the fans grew more frustrated and started to racially abuse and taunt certain players.
As a result, FIFA carried out an investigation and decided to impose a stadium ban and a financial penalty on Hungary.
Hungary will have to pay a fine of £158,416 and play two games behind closed doors as the governing body has imposed a two game stadium ban. The second match ban is suspended for two years during which Hungary will be on a probationary period.
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The two English players that were subjected to the most abuse were Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham who are both black players. Sterling scored the first goal for England and was taunted with “monkey chants“. The fans also threw different objects at the English players, lit fireworks and threw them on the field and also blocked the stairways.
FIFA released a statement and said they rejected all forms of racism and violence. The governing body maintained that they had a zero tolerance policy towards any discrimination and had communicated the same to the Hungarian Football Federation.
Black Players Continue To Suffer
This is not the first time that Raheem Sterling has been subjected to racial abuse on the football field. He was also racially abused by English fans on social media after England ended up losing the Champions League final.
A number of English football players have complained about the racial abuse and threats they get on social media as well as the football field. Organizations like Football Against Racism (FARE) have championed the cause of putting an end to racism in football but those efforts don’t seem to be having a huge impact as of now.
UK PM Boris Johnson has also received criticism for not condemning fans who booed players who took a knee before a football game. In April 2021, a number of sporting organizations took a break from social media platforms in order to get companies like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to do more to protect their users from social media abuse.