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Hungary and Bulgaria fail with racism appeals

FIFA has rejected appeals by Hungary and Bulgaria against sanctions for racist behaviour by fans that will see the two countries play their next 2014 World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors. Hungary will now play Romania without spectators on March 22, as will Bulgaria against Malta on the same night.

FIFA said in a statement: "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 Hungarian FA was also fined £28,000 and the Bulgaria FA £24,000.

The FIFA statement added: "Both associations 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."

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