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Ian Wright blasts UEFA over racist abuse as Boris Johnson and Rio Ferdinand call out FIFA
04/09/2021 13:33:42

Former stars Ian Wright and Rio Ferdinand alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson were among those to question football authorities after England players suffered racist abuse in Hungary.

Gareth Southgate’s side ran out four-goal victors in Budapest during their World Cup qualifier on Thursday night, but the victory was marred by racism from sections of the home support.

Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham both received audible racist abuse and monkey chanting, as per a report from ITV at the stadium.

Hungary fans were involved in several contentious incidents within the stadium during this summer’s European Championships but were allowed to play in front of a full house on Thursday.

The home fans also vociferously booed the England players for taking a knee prior to kick-off, with Southgate's players continuing to support the anti-racist gesture.

UEFA have ordered Hungary to play two matches behind closed doors after incidents within the Puskas Arena in Budapest in Euro 2020, but that ban does not apply to FIFA matches - which explained why that was not applicable to Thursday night’s clash.

Hungary hosted Portugal and France in the group stages of the tournament with fans in black shirts marching against players taking the knee and supporters waving homophobic banners in the stands.

UEFA ruled in July that the Hungarian support engaged in “discriminatory behaviour” at all three group matches - including both matches in Budapest and their final group in Germany.

Former England striker Wright blasted the governing bodies on ITV Sport: “You can’t believe that two organisations can’t get together and give them a three-match ban.

“The sad thing is that black players will know – especially when there’s a full stadium there – that they are going to get racially abused because they’re banned as it is, they’re allowed back in so as soon as someone like Sterling is getting fouled, they know they’re going to get the abuse.

“It’s in their workplace that this is happening. I think it’s embarrassing. I don’t know what to say about Uefa and Fifa. They don’t care enough. They don’t care enough to do anything about it.

“We’ve got to say ourselves, like Gareth so rightly said, we’ve got our own problems. It’s only a couple of weeks ago that someone got arrested for abusing Jadon Sancho.

“So, of course, we’ve got our own problems but that doesn’t mean you can’t condemn that kind of behaviour.

“The banners, the videos, the armbands, the everything, the gestures… they don’t do anything.

“It’s all laughable, they don’t do anything. You’ve got to come down hard on people.”

Wright’s comments were echoed by former defender Rio Ferdinand, who has also been the victim of racist abuse and called for action against the Hungary fans.

Ferdinand took to Twitter to write: “@UEFA….interested to see what your response/sanctions will be to the racism the @England players received in #Hungary last night. Totally unacceptable.”

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