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FIFA Order Hungary to Play Next Two Home Games Behind Closed Doors

The football governing body, FIFA has decided to issue a two-match stadium ban for Hungary fans in its competitions. They were also fined £158,416 for their behaviour in the game against England.

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FIFA confirmed the news on its website on Tuesday, September 21st, 2021, the European country was punished because of their racial behavior in a World Cup qualifying match against England earlier in the month during the FIFA World Cup qualifier.

The football body has always stood its ground against any form of racism, violence, and discrimination.

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a ban and a substantial fine on the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) in relation to the racist behaviour of numerous supporters during the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying match between Hungary and England on September 2nd, 2021.

After analysing and taking into consideration all the circumstances of the case, specifically the seriousness of the incidents ( racist words and actions, throwing of objects, lighting of fireworks, blocked stairways), the Committee decided that the MLSZ would play its next two home matches in FIFA competitions without spectators, the second match being suspended for a probationary period of two years. In addition, the Committee imposed a fine of CHF 200,000 ( £158, 416).

FIFA's position remains firm and resolute in rejecting any form of racism and violence, as well as any other form of discrimination or abuse. FIFA takes a clear zero tolerance stance against such abhorrent behaviour in football. The decision rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was notified to the MLSZ.

The England players were booed in their Euro 2020 warm-up game by their fans in their group opening game against Croatia.

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