Ian Wright has hit out at “embarrassing” UEFA and FIFA after reports of racist abuse aimed at Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham during England’s World Cup qualifier in Hungary
Gareth Southgate’s men won their World Cup qualifier 4-0 at a packed Puskas Arena in Budapest.
Hungary are to play two home matches behind closed doors, with a third game suspended, after being charged by UEFA over racist and homophobic chanting at Euro 2020.
But as Thursday’s match fell under FIFA’s jurisdiction, a full house was allowed into a match marred by bad fan behaviour.
Deafening jeers greeted England players taking the knee before kick-off and Sterling was pelted with missiles when celebrating the opening goal.
Further items were thrown on to the pitch, including a flare, with multiple reports of monkey chants being aimed at forward Sterling and substitute Bellingham as he warmed up.
The Football Association has urged FIFA investigate the reports of racist abuse, they said in a statement: “It is extremely disappointing to hear reports of discriminatory actions towards some of our England players.
“We will be asking FIFA to investigate the matter. We continue to support the players and staff in our collective determination to highlight and tackle discrimination in all its forms.”
— The FA (@FA) September 2, 2021
Many people had predicted the scenes on Thursday night and Wright claims FIFA and UEFA “don’t care enough” to sort the major issue in football.
“You can’t believe that two organisations can’t get together and give them a three-match ban,” Wright said on ITV Sport.
“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.”
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) September 2, 2021