FIFA announced on Friday that it would launch an investigation into alleged racism by Hungarian fans against English players.

England won the World Cup qualifier 0-4 in Budapest on Thursday.

The English FA had already called on FIFA on Thursday to investigate some incidents.

"It is extremely disappointing that we have heard racial slurs against some players," the FA wrote in a statement.

"We will continue to support our players and staff to highlight and tackle any form of discrimination," the association said.

In July, UEFA gave Hungary a three-game penalty without an audience for racist and homophobic behavior by the supporters.

Because Thursday's game was played under the FIFA flag, there was a public welcome in Budapest.

At the game at the Puskás Arena, England players were booed as they knelt before the game to draw attention to the fight against racism.

Black players Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham heard monkey noises during the game when they were at the ball.

Raheem Sterling is pelted with cups by Hungarian fans.

Raheem Sterling is pelted with cups by Hungarian fans.

Photo: AFP


AuthorFAMoment of places21: 40 - September 2, 2021

England hopes to eradicate racism

England captain Harry Kane called the behavior of the Hungarian fans "totally unacceptable".

National coach Gareth Southgate told

Sky Sports

he was not sure whether his players on the pitch were affected by the racist noises.

"But everyone knows that we have been very aware of this theme for two or three years now. Everyone knows what we stand for, we hope to eradicate racism in the world of football and in life in general," said Southgate.

Fireworks were also thrown onto the field from the audience.

After a goal by Sterling, Hungarian fans also threw cups of booze at the players.

Declan Rice picked up a cup and drank from it.

After four matches, England is still clear in the World Cup qualifiers and leads in Group I with five points ahead of Poland and Hungary.

Declan Rice drinks from a cup thrown onto the field by Hungarian fans.

Declan Rice drinks from a cup thrown onto the field by Hungarian fans.

Photo: Reuters

Great to be back in an @England shirt tonight, proud of the boys and our performance.

The best response to some of the crowd.

Hate will never win


Author KalvinphillipsMoment of places22:15 - September 2, 2021