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Racist and anti-Semitic abuse leads to stadium bans

ABUSED: Denmark’s Mtiliga

TWO EUROPEAN football nations have been ordered to play World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors after their fans launched racist and anti-Semitic abuse at opposing teams.

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.

The governing body said in a statement: “FIFA strongly condemns all forms of racism in football, and any form of discrimination will not be tolerated and will receive a strong response by the relevant FIFA authorities.”

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