Mason Mount has suggested that FIFA start issuing bans after England players were subject to racist abuse against Hungary on Thursday night.
Despite winning the game comfortably 4-0, England’s players and staff had to deal with a tirade of abuse sent their way by sections of the home support, with FIFA launching a full-scale investigation into the matter on Friday.
Midfielder Jude Bellingham was targeted on the touchline as he warmed up, while Raheem Sterling was confronted by monkey gestures from the home support in the Puskas Arena.
Chelsea star Mount has spoken out since the game and labelled the incident “a disgrace” – suggesting FIFA should implement bans on those found guilty of the abuse.
“We obviously have had it in the past and it is a disgrace how it keeps on happening,” said the 22-year-old.
“Consequences need to take place and the FA will be speaking to FIFA about it. Hopefully it keeps getting put to them and they hand out bans but it needs to stop and we need to get this out of football.”
Hungary were ordered by UEFA to play three home games behind closed doors after supporters’ discriminatory behaviour at EURO 2020, though with Thursday’s match falling under FIFA’s guidelines, fans were allowed in.
The Professional Footballers’ Association put out a statement criticising this “loophole” and asking FIFA to investigate the matter further.
They said: “Global football governing bodies need to demonstrate that these behaviours will never be tolerated in our game.
“Stopping racist abuse at matches must be at the top of their agenda, and loopholes that allow already-sanctioned racist fans to attend games must be closed.
“Footballers have the right to play the game without being abused. Stadiums are their place of work, and all football stakeholders must work together to protect them from racist discrimination.
“We stand by the England squad with football fans worldwide, united against racism and the discrimination of players representing their country.”