Potential punishments Hungary could face after aiming racist abuse at England

Hungary fans could be hit with a potential stadium ban following racist abuse aimed at England's players.

The Three Lions won 4-0 in their World Cup qualifying clash though the victory was marred by alleged monkey chants from home supporters.

England players were also booed when taking the knee ahead of the start of the game. Gareth Southgate's players remain adamant they will continue to show support for the fight against racism and discrimination by taking the knee before all games.

Hungary had already been given a two-match supporter ban for alleged homophobic chanting at Euro 2020.

However as Thursday night's game was a World Cup qualifier and run by FIFA, UEFA's fan-ban was not in place.

It will be up to FIFA to decide if any punishment is needed following England's visit, with Kick It Out and The FA calling for action.

Kick It Out said: "We are appalled by the actions of some Hungary fans this evening.

"Racist abuse is not welcome in our game and we stand proudly in support of the England team.

"We urge FIFA to investigate this matter urgently. Steps must be taken to ensure scenes like this are not repeated."

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While a statement from The FA read: “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.”

Bulgaria had been ordered to play a match behind closed doors following racist abuse against England in October 2019.

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That was a UEFA decision, though a stadium ban is perhaps the most likely punishment should FIFA investigate Thursday's fixture.

FIFA had announced tougher sanctions on racism and homophobia against players in 2019 with the minimum ban for players or officials rising from five to 10 games.

And FIFA have said they will take “adequate actions” on racist abuse directed at England players.

Bulgaria were also fined €75,000 by UEFA for their racism, and FIFA would likely take a similar standpoint.

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FIFA said in a statement: "First and foremost, FIFA strongly rejects any form of racism and violence and has a very clear zero-tolerance stance for such behaviour in football.

"FIFA will take adequate actions as soon as it receives match reports concerning yesterday's Hungary-England game.

"With regards to the previous UEFA sanction against Hungary, please note that as specified by UEFA at the time, this sanction is to be served in UEFA competitions."

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