After England players faced racial abuse in Hungary, FIFA has said it will take “adequate actions” once it has investigated the incidents.
The statement from FIFA on Friday stopped short of directly condemning Hungary fans for the abuse. There included monkey chanting, in Thursday night’s World Cup qualifier at Puskas Arena in Budapest. The match has England won 4-0.
“FIFA strongly rejects any form of racism and violence and has a very clear zero-tolerance stance for such behavior in football,” the football governing body said.
“FIFA will take adequate actions as soon as it receives match reports concerning yesterday’s Hungary-England game.”
Hungary recently ordered to play two matches without fans. The sanction from UEFA did not take effect for the visit of England because the game was under FIFA’s jurisdiction.
The racist abuse condemned by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He criticized for his own racially offensive comments in the past.
“It is completely unacceptable that England players were racially abused in Hungary last night,” Johnson said on Twitter.
Official Statements on the Match of England:
“I urge [FIFA] to take strong action against those responsible to ensure that this kind of disgraceful behavior is eradicated from the game for good.”
England’s players jeered for taking a knee. They pelted with plastic cups after goals and then targeted with racist chants.
Missiles and a flare had also threw onto the pitch by a hostile home crowd.
Pitch-side reporters for domestic broadcasters ITV and Sky Sports said they saw and heard individuals among the Hungary supporters behind one of the goals aim monkey chants at Raheem Sterling and unused substitute Jude Bellingham, who are Black.
Sky Sports showed video footage of one spectator giving the abuse.
The game has played in front of a crowd of 60,000 mostly Hungarian fans about two months after UEFA ordered the team to play three matches without fans. one of which has suspended for a probationary period of two years – as a punishment for what was termed “discriminatory” behavior by its supporters at all three of its Euro 2020 group games.