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Fifa open disciplinary proceedings as England stars racially abused vs Hungary

Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were subject to vile chants and missiles as England beat Hungary 4-0 on Thursday in a World Cup qualfiying match at the Puskas Arena in Budapest and now Fifa are set to take action

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Fifa have opened disciplinary proceedings against Hungary after multiple England players were racially abused by supporters inside the Puskas Arena in Budapest on Thursday night during the teams’ World Cup qualifying match.

In a statement, Fifa said: “Following analysis of the match reports, Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings concerning the incidents last night at the game Hungary-England.

“Once again, Fifa would like to state that our position remains firm and resolute in rejecting any form of racism and violence as well as any other form of discrimination or abuse.

“We have a very clear zero tolerance stance against such abhorrent behaviours in football.”



Raheem Sterling scored against Hungary but suffered racist abuse
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England manager Gareth Southgate said post-match: “Everybody knows what we stand for as a team and that’s completely unacceptable. Everything has been reported to UEFA and we have to see what happens from there.

“There’s no more that this group of players – and all the staff in fairness – could do in the fight against racism. We’re trying to uphold our part of it and other people have got to take the right action to try and make progress.

“I haven’t [spoken to the players yet] because I wasn’t aware of it when I was in the dressing room. But I know our head of security has spoken with the players and has taken their statements. We’ll deal with it in the right way now and through the right channels.



Hungarian fans threw missiles at Raheem Sterling after he opened the scoring in Budapest
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“I don’t think our players can do anything more than they have done in the last two or three years to get the right messages out, to take the right stands and it is for other people to protect them. It is for me to protect them in the main but for the authorities to protect them as well.”

The Football Association said in a statement: “It is extremely disappointing to hear reports of discriminatory actions towards some of our England players.

“We will be asking FIFA to investigate the matter. We continue to support the players and staff in our collective determination to highlight and tackle discrimination in all its forms.”

Hungary are due to play three matches behind closed doors for their fans’ behaviour at Euro 2020, but that is only for UEFA matches such as European Championship qualifiers.




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