Ian Wright has called out FIFA and UEFA for their inability to come together and ban Hungary fans from attending matches following their racist attack on England players on Thursday.
The Three Lions put in a stellar display against the Hungarians as they ran out 4-0 winners, but the racist abuse that Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham suffered stole the headlines instead.
Sterling opened the scoring in the 55th minute, but as he celebrated he was met with boos’ and monkey chants from the Hungary fans, who threw numerous items at him as well.
Later on in the game, 18-year-old Bellingham was warming up besides the pitch and he too received similar abuse.
The incidents should never happen, which goes without saying, but a few months ago UEFA said that Hungary must play their next three games behind closed doors after similar incidents occurred in the European Championships, so the fans should never have been present.
However, as the World Cup is a FIFA tournament, the ban was not implemented on this game.
Ahead of England’s game on Sunday with Andorra, Arsenal legend Wright made a statement on the governing bodies of football. He said: "I’m surprised at FIFA investigating, it’s no different here, something we’ve perfected incident outrage.
"Racial abuse happens, people are outrage then nothing happens, no punishment. You look at the players being abused in their workplace, nothing changes.
"Look at the graphics, UEFA bans Hungry then FIFA and UEFA can’t come together. The incompetence from these two organisations is baffling."
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After the gut-wrenching scenes at the Ferenc Puskas Arena, FIFA released a statement on Friday addressing what happened and the course of action they are going to take.
It read: “First and foremost, FIFA strongly rejects any form of racism and violence and has a very clear zero-tolerance stance for such behaviour in football,
“FIFA will take adequate actions as soon as it receives match reports concerning yesterday’s Hungary-England game.
“With regards to the previous UEFA sanction against Hungary, please note that as specified by UEFA at the time, this sanction is to be served in UEFA competitions.”
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