FIFA have established a disciplinary committee after England players suffered racism by the Hungary fans throughout the game where the three Lions beat the home side by 4-0.
Gareth Southgate’s side’s on-field display were overshadowed by the 60,000 people’s inhuman behaviour. Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock on the 55th-minute market. Soon after, Harry Kane doubled the margin for the Three Lions. Harry Maguire and Declan Rice also put their names on the scoresheet.
After the Manchester City man scored the opener the home fans threw glasses at the English player’s while they were celebrating near the corner flag. The fans also booed the away players while they were taking knees against the racism before the start of the game. Racist chants were aimed toward Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham, during the game.
Hungarian fans previously accused of the same behaviour and banned from attending football matches by UEFA. However, the ban wasn’t in the appliance for this game as it is a FIFA competition.
FIFA opened an investigation against Hungary fans for racism against England players:
Following this incident FIFA made a public statement: “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.”
England Prime Minister has also tweeted to protest against Hungary fans’ racism and expressed his frustration by saying this situation ‘completely unacceptable’. He also asked FIFA to take strong action against this incident.
On the other hand, Hungary’s foreign minister Peter Szijjarto took this incident to counterattack the UK Prime Minister and claimed that it is hypocrisy from Mr Johnson as the English supporters behaved awfully against the opposition during the Euro 2020. He said:
“Everyone could see at the Euro 2020 final how the English fans behaved with the Italians. You couldn’t even hear the Italian anthem due to the English fans’ booing, not to mention the insults after the game, so hypocrisy has no place in either sport or politics.”
Racism needs to be tackled in the right manner because bantering and rivalry are what makes football more enjoyable. Hungarian fans are one of the most spirited fans in the world and due to a certain minority, one should not blackmark them.
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