The Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) have taken a strong stance against racism, docking Újpest FC three points for the behaviour of their supporters.
With president István Kisteleki having warned repeatedly that the federation would be taking a strong line on racist chanting at Hungarian stadiums this season, the MLSZ put words into action on Tuesday, with the disciplinary committee handing a three-point punishment to Újpest for the behaviour of some fans during a 2-0 home win against recently-crowned champions Debreceni VSC on 4 May.
"According to FIFA guidelines concerning racism, the disciplinary action after a racist act can be the closure of a stadium, deduction of points or even elimination from the championship," read an official MLSZ statement. Újpest fans repeated previous conduct in making racist chants during the match against Debrecen, and the MLSZ decided to make an example of the club.
The club, meanwhile, have taken their punishment with good grace. "It doesn't matter whether we like it or not - a fair decision has been made," official Szilárd Dányi told the club's website. "I would ask all of our supporters to think about all factors when they appraise the situation and try to create an atmosphere at matches so that this never happens again. I discussed the topic with the owner and we decided to accept the decision."
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