The Disciplinary Committee of the international football federation FIFA 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 Qatar 2022™ qualifying match between Hungary and England on September 2, 2021.
A statement by FIFA adds that 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.
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.
MLSZ has also issued a statement saying that it recognises and supports the need to tackle racism, "but it is also clear that UEFA and FIFA disciplinary rules and decisions do not punish those truly responsible and are ineffective in their current form. In the meantime, the association will continue the process it has begun to keep out troublemakers and undesirable behaviour. This will be facilitated by changes to the MLSZ's own practices and to the relevant legislation, which are being prepared. The MLSZ is awaiting the detailed reasons for the current decision and will appeal against the decision if justified," the Hungarian FA said.
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