Johnson calls on FIFA to probe 'disgraceful' racist abuse of England players in Hungary

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By Euronews with AP  •  Updated: 03/09/2021 - 11:28

Players hold   aft  a flare was thrown connected  the tract  during the World Cup 2022 qualifying lucifer  betwixt  Hungary and England, successful  Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 2, 2021.

Players hold aft a flare was thrown connected the tract during the World Cup 2022 qualifying lucifer betwixt Hungary and England, successful Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 2, 2021.   -   Copyright  Tibor Illyes/MTI via AP

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called connected football's satellite governing assemblage to instrumentality "strong action" against those who hurled racist maltreatment astatine England players during a World Cup qualifier lucifer against Hungary the erstwhile evening.

"It is wholly unacceptable that England players were racially abused successful Hungary past night," Johnson tweeted connected Friday.

"I impulse FIFA to instrumentality beardown enactment against those liable to guarantee that this benignant of disgraceful behaviour is eradicated from the crippled for good," helium added.

The Three Lions were jeered for taking a genu earlier the commencement of the crippled — an motion denouncing racism — and were pelted with integrative cups aft goals. Players of colour were besides reportedly harassed with monkey noises passim the match.

England manager Gareth Southgate said aft the clash — which ended successful a 4-0 triumph for England — that his players, including 18-year-old Jude Bellingham, "should not person to endure this suffering".

He added that helium had not personally seen the racist maltreatment and that helium did not judge that each Hungarian fans were progressive — but that those who were should not beryllium excused. Garreth was pelted with crystal during his interview.

England's Football Association described it arsenic "extremely disappointing to perceive reports of discriminatory actions towards immoderate of our England players."

"We volition beryllium asking FIFA to analyse the matter," It added.

FIFA said successful a connection to Euronews that it "will instrumentality capable actions arsenic soon arsenic it receives lucifer reports concerning yesterday’s Hungary-England game."

"First and foremost, FIFA powerfully rejects immoderate signifier of racism and unit and has a precise wide zero-tolerance stance for specified behaviour successful football," it besides said.

Marco Rossi, who manages the Hungarian nationalist team, had urged supporters not to behave that mode earlier the match.

Hungary had been ordered to play its adjacent 2 matches successful beforehand of an bare stadium by the UEFA — Europe's governing assemblage for shot — pursuing this summer's Euro championships due to the fact that of racist and homophobic maltreatment observed during games held successful Budapest.

But supporters were allowed successful the stands connected Thursday evening due to the fact that the European qualifying matches for adjacent year's World Cup successful Qatar, autumn nether FIFA's jurisdiction and not the UEFA's.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó seemingly dismissed accusations lobbed astatine his country's supporters connected Friday morning, sharing a video successful a Facebook station and writing: "English players kick astir the "hostile ambiance successful Budapest yesterday". The pursuing footage was taken astatine Wembley earlier the European Championship final. The Italian nationalist anthem tin hardly beryllium heard amidst the whistling of the England fans. Did they marque akin statements then?"

Several achromatic members of the England squad were subjected to superior online racist maltreatment by British fans pursuing the Euro final, aft missing their penalties, resulting successful an Italian victory.

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