Jude Bellingham has vowed not to ‘let hate win’ and called on FIFA to impose ‘proper punishments’ for the Hungary fans who racially abused England players on Thursday evening.
Bellingham was one of a number of England players, alongside Raheem Sterling, who was subjected to monkey chanting from the Hungarian crowd in Budapest.
Players were also pelted with cups and other objects during the second half of the game – most noticeably after Sterling had scored the Three Lions‘ first goal in the 4-0 rout. A flare was also thrown on the pitch as crowd troubled worsened.
The young Borussia Dortmund midfielder took to Twitter in the aftermath of the incidents to thank fans for their support, and call on the proper authorities to dish out punishments that could act as deterrents for future racially motivated incidences in stadiums:
“Thank you for all the messages of support from last night. Part of the game and always will be until proper punishments are put in place by those with the power. We can’t let hate win, keep smiling!”
FIFA released a statement on Friday to confirm disciplinary proceedings are underway, while also expressing their commitment to the fight against racism.
“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,” the world governing body explained.
“FIFA will take adequate actions as soon as it receives match reports concerning yesterday’s Hungary-England game.”
FIFA’s statement is welcomed, however there are still questions being posed for not imposing the UEFA-sanctioned three-game ban of Hungarian fans from their nation’s home qualifiers. The ban was imposed after Hungary fans hurled racist and homophobic abuse at players during Euro 2020