Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has called for FIFA and UEFA to put an end to racism in football following the abuse England players suffered during their World Cup qualification win over Hungary on Thursday.
Racist chants were directed at Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham during England’s 4-0 win in Budapest, where Hungary will have to play their next two games in UEFA competition behind closed doors following racist and homophobic incidents during Euro 2020.
“We always talk about the racial issues. But not only that but a lot of stuff of discrimination that’s happening in and around the football pitch. And I think now it’s the time that, something has to happen.” Lukaku said
“Following analysis of the match reports, FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings concerning the incidents last night at the game Hungary-England,” FIFA said in a statement on Friday.”Once again, FIFA would like to state that our position remains firm and resolute in rejecting any form of racism and violence as well as any other form of discrimination or abuse.”We have a very clear zero tolerance stance against such abhorrent behaviours in football.”
In a statement, the English Football Association (FA) said it was “extremely disappointing” to hear reports of “discriminatory actions” directed towards some of its players.”We will be asking FIFA to investigate the matter,” the statement read.
“We continue to support the players and staff in our collective determination to highlight and tackle discrimination in all its forms.”England and Manchester United defender Harry Maguire wrote on Instagram: “Since last night’s match I’ve spoken to my team mates and seen some of the footage.”Any discrimination is totally unacceptable and the authorities must look into it. Racism has no place in our game or society.”