Jude Bellingham calls for ‘proper punishments’ for racist Hungary fans who made monkey chants during England’s game in Budapest… as midfielder insists ‘we can’t let hate win’ as he vows to ‘keep smiling’
- Jude Bellingham has demanded proper action from authorities for racist fans
- The England midfielder and Raheem Sterling were racially abused in Budapest
- Hungary supporters made monkey noises as Bellingham went to warm-up
- The 18-year-old told his fans that hate can’t win and to keep smiling
Jude Bellingham has called for ‘proper punishments’ after he and Raheem Sterling were subjected to racist chanting by Hungary supporters on Thursday night.
Fans in Budapest made monkey noises while Bellingham went to warm-up on the sidelines while Sterling, who scored England’s opening goal in the 4-0 win, was also a target of the chants.
FIFA announced on Friday that they have opened disciplinary proceedings concerning the incidents that took place.
Jude Bellingham has called for ‘proper punishments’ after he and Raheem Sterling were subjected to racist chanting by Hungary supporters
Bellingham took to Twitter to demand action and thank fans for the support he has receieved
A statement from the organisation read: ‘Following analysis of the match reports, FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings concerning the incidents last night at the game Hungary-England.
‘Once again, FIFA would like to state that our position remains firm and resolute in rejecting any form of racism and violence as well as any other form of discrimination or abuse. We have a very clear zero tolerance stance against such abhorrent behaviours in football.’
Borussia Dortmund star Bellingham took to social media to demand proper action as well as thank fans for the support he has receieved since the game.
‘Thank you for all the messages of support from last night,’ he wrote on Twitter.
The 18-year-old midfielder insisted ‘we can’t let hate win’ and told supporters to keep smiling
‘Part of the game and always will be until proper punishments are put in place by those with the power. We can’t let hate win, keep smiling!’
Hungary were ordered to play two matches behind closed doors, with a third match suspended, by UEFA in July over racist chanting and homophobic banners at their Euro 2020 matches against France and Portugal in Budapest.
However, the sanctions do not come into force until next year’s Nations League because the World Cup qualifiers fall under FIFA jurisdiction.
Article 66 of FIFA’s disciplinary code allows confederations such as UEFA to request the extension of a sanction into FIFA competition, but UEFA sources insisted its own regulations prevent it from doing so.
It is also still unclear as to whether FIFA will be able to take the sanctions issued by UEFA in July into account in its own investigation.
This is critical, because harsher penalties such as points deductions and expulsion only apply to reoffenders, not for acts treated as first offences.
England players, who were also booed for taking a knee before kick-off, were quick to call out the abuse their team-mates received after the game with fans and pundits also demanding action.
Manager Gareth Southgate also condemend the abuse and said his players can do no more in the fight against racism.
Raheem Sterling was also racially abused by Hungary fans, who made monkey chants
Southgate said: ‘We weren’t really aware of it on the bench but it sounds like there have been some incidents. People know what we stand for as a team and that’s completely unacceptable. Everything has been reported to UEFA and we will see what happens from there.
‘There’s no more this group can do in the fight against racism. We are trying to uphold our part of it and other people have to take the right action to try and make progress.
‘It’s for other people – and me in the main – to protect the players but the authorities as well. They shouldn’t have to be subjected to any forms of racism. Our head of security has spoken with he players and taken their statements and we will deal with it in the right way, through the right channels.
‘But it’s not fair to criticise all the Hungarian fans, its a very similar situation to the one we find at home I think.
‘The individuals that are responsible need to be dealt with, I think there’s evidence of people being filmed and we have to hope it’s defat with in the right way.
‘The world is changing and although some people are stuck in their prejudices, they are going to be the dinosaurs in the end because the world is modernising.’
The Football Association released a statement condemning the abuse soon after the final whistle, it read: ‘It is extremely disappointing to hear reports of discriminatory actions towards some of our England players.
‘We will be asking FIFA to investigate the matter. We continue to support the players and staff in our collective determination to highlight and tackle discrimination in all its forms.’