Soccer - Hungary ordered to play WC qualifier behind closed doors
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Hungary must play their next World Cup qualifier behind closed doors after FIFA imposed a ban on fans and a 200,000 Swiss franc ($217,000) fine following racist incidents in this month's match against England.
"After analysing.....all the circumstances of the case, specifically the seriousness of the incidents (racist words and actions, throwing of objects, lighting of fireworks, blocked stairways), the (Disciplinary) Committee decided that the MLSZ would play its next two home matches in FIFA competitions without spectators, the second match being suspended for a probationary period of two years," FIFA said in a statement.
Hungary's next qualifier is against Albania on Oct. 9.They will also have to play their next two games in UEFA competition behind closed doors after a UEFA sanction for"discriminatory behaviour" by fans was imposed in July following incidents during the team's Euro 2020 games at the Puskas Arena.
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