The FIFA Appeal Committee on 25 January 2013 rendered two decisions regarding appeals lodged by the Hungarian Football Federation and the Bulgarian Football Union, and informed the respective associations of their decisions yesterday, 4 February 2013.
The appeals lodged by the Hungarian Football Federation and Bulgarian Football Union were both rejected and the decisions of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee rendered on 20 November 2012, are confirmed in their entirety.
The next home match of the ‘A’ representative team of Hungary in the preliminary competition for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ (Hungary v Romania on 22 March 2013) will be played without spectators, and the MLSZ imposed a fine of CHF 40,000.
The next home match of the ‘A’ representative team of Bulgaria in the preliminary competition for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ (Bulgaria v Malta on 22 March 2013), will also be played without spectators, and the BFU imposed a fine of CHF 35,000.
The MLZS and BFU have both been warned to their future conduct, and should such incidents of a racist/discriminatory nature occur again, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee would be left with no other option than to impose harsher sanctions, which could go as far as forfeiting a match, a points deduction, or disqualification from a competition.