Thu 30 September 2021 | 21:12

Gareth Southgate welcomes action being taken against racism

England boss Gareth Southgate says Hungary's stadium ban for discriminatory behavior and an eight-week prison sentence for a West Brom fan demonstrate the rise of a more "tolerant society".

Hungary FA have been ordered by UEFA to play three home games behind closed doors as a result of “discriminatory behavior” by their fans at Euro 2020.


West Brom

fan was found guilty earlier this month of sending midfielder

Romaine Sawyers

abusive messages and was handed an eight-week prison sentencing over the online abuse.

Speaking on

BBC Radio 5 Live



was asked if he welcomed the harder action taken with recent charges and whether he thought Hungary's punishment was severe enough.

"Well, I think it's very difficult to assess what is the right level of punishments or admonishments for things."

He said


"Where we've come from as a team over the last few years is we think it's important to raise awareness of the issues, we've tried to behave responsibly around that and we do feel as if we're heading towards a more tolerant society and people are recognizing that these things are unacceptable.

"So we could debate a level of fine or a ban for hours and hours and [it is] very difficult to judge that but I think the biggest factor is that action is being taken and I feel like as though we're heading towards a more tolerant society."

source: SportMob

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