Hungary to play matches behind closed doors after racist behaviour of fans at England game

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After scoring England's opener, Raheem Sterling received paper cups.

Fifa has ordered Hungary to play two matches behind closed-doors following the incidents of racism in England at the World Cup qualifier, Budapest 2 September.

The second ground is still closed for two years.

Hungarian Football Federation was also fined 158.400 Swiss Francs.

Fifa stated that "Fifa takes an explicit zero tolerance stance against such abhorrent behavior in football."

The governing body stated that it was "firm and determined in rejecting all forms of racism, violence, as well as any other form discrimination or abuse".

Uefa fined 85,500 to the Hungarian Federation and ordered three-game stadium closures. The final match was suspended because of discriminatory behavior by their supporters during Euro 2020.

This sanction was not applicable to England's visit, as the World Cup qualifier under Fifa control was not under Uefa's control. Uefa did not request that the punishment be transferred.

Fifa stated that it had imposed the sanctions after "analyzing and taking into account all the circumstances of this case (racist words, actions, throwing objects, lighting fireworks, blocked stairsways, etc.)

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Jude Bellingham and Raheem Sterling were both targets. In the second half, England players were bombarded with objects and a flare was thrown onto the pitch by home fans at Puskas arena.

The England players were also booed when they took the knee prior to the match at the stadium with 67,000 seats.

Sterling was attacked with bottles and paper cups after opening the scoring for England. A flare was then thrown onto the pitch after Harry Maguire's goal put Gareth Southgate ahead 3-0.

Southgate was also hit with ice by his fans in the post-match interview on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Troy Townsend, Kick It Out's Head of Development, tweeted: "What exactly does 'zero tolerance' mean?" We won't actually follow words that look good on paper, but they sound great in print.

"Anyway, England has its own problems, and doesn't go so far with punishments. So, best to leave it alone."