Boris Johnson condemns racism towards England players in Hungary tie

Racism reared its ugly head again during England's 4-nil defeat of Hungary at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on Thursday.

And British prime minister Boris Johnson has condemned the racist abuse towards English players in the World Cup qualifier and called on FIFA to act.

Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling were targeted with monkey chants during the match and the Prime Minister tweeted via his official Twitter account saying: “It is completely unacceptable that England players were racially abused in Hungary last night.”

“I urge FIFA to take strong action against those responsible to ensure that this kind of disgraceful behaviour is eradicated from the game for good.”

Hungary were given a two-match stadium ban by European football’s governing body UEFA in July after allegations of racist chanting and homophobic banners being displayed during Euro 2020 matches against France and Portugal.

However, the ban did not come into effect for the World Cup qualifier against England because it is a FIFA competition.

FIFA will be expected to open disciplinary action against the Hungarian federation as its regulations provide for offenders to be deducted points, ordered to play behind closed doors and even expelled from competitions.

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