ABUSED: Denmark’s Mtiliga
TWO EUROPEAN football nations who had been ordered to play their next World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors after their fans launched racist abuse at opposing teams have had their appeals rejected.
No fans are allowed to attend either Bulgaria or Hungary’s next fixture after football’s world governing body FIFA deemed that, in separate incidents, both country’s supporters had discriminated either opposing fans or players.
After Denmark’s Patrick Mtiliga was subjected to racist abuse by a group of Bulgarian supporters each time he touched the ball, FIFA have fined the Bulgarian FA £22,000 and banned supporters from attending their next home game against Malta on March 22.
FIFA found Hungary, who played a friendly against Israel on August 15, guilty of their fans using racist chants, anti-Semitic chants, and chants of a provocative and aggressive nature. Objects were also thrown from the crowd.
Their next home match against Romania will now be played without spectators.
FIFA subsequently fined the Hungarian FA roughly £27,000.
FIFA said in a statement today (February 5) :"The appeals lodged by the Hungarian Football Federation (MLZS) and Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) were both rejected and the decisions of the FIFA disciplinary committee are confirmed in their entirety.
"The MLZS and BFU have both been warned to their future conduct.”