Fifa investigates racial abuse of England players

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Objects, including a flare, were thrown on to the pitch at Budapest on Thursday

Fifa is investigating racial abuse aimed at England players during Thursday’s 4-0 win over Hungary in a World Cup qualifier in Budapest.

Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were both targeted.

England condemned the abuse as “completely unacceptable”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged Fifa “to take strong action against those responsible to ensure that this kind of disgraceful behaviour is eradicated from the game for good.”

On Friday, Johnson tweeted: “It is completely unacceptable that England players were racially abused in Hungary last night.”

Football’s world governing body, Fifa, said it “will take adequate actions” once it receives reports from match officials and delegates who were at the game.

Despite Uefa ordering Hungary to play three home games behind closed doors after fans’ discriminatory behaviour, fans were allowed in on Thursday as the game came under Fifa’s jurisdiction.

The Uefa ban relates to racism and other discriminatory conduct which took place during Euro 2020 in June.

While Uefa manage World Cup qualifiers involving European teams, Fifa is able to take action because it is their competition.

“Fifa strongly rejects any form of racism and violence and has a very clear zero tolerance stance for such behaviour in football,” the game’s global governing body said.

Source: BBC

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