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Hungary soccer fans too racist?




Racism was evident against English players at the World Cup qualifier in Budapest on 2 September

Hungary have been ordered, for the second time this year, to play two matches behind closed doors by the football world governing body FIFA yesterday (21) following the racism English players had experienced at the World Cup qualifier in Budapest on 2 September.

However, the second ground-closure is suspended for two years.

The Hungarian Football Federation has also been fined £ 158,400 (Rs. 43.2 m).

“FIFA takes a clear zero-tolerance stance against such abhorrent behaviour in football,” read the FIFA statement yesterday.

In June, UEFA had fined the Hungarian federation £ 85,500 (Rs. 23.3 m) and ordered a three-game stadium closure, the final match being suspended, for discriminatory behaviour by their supporters during Euro 2020.