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Ban teams with racist supporters from competitions, Bale tells FIFA

Wales captain Gareth Bale says banning teams from competitions if their supporters continue to racially abuse players may be the “best thing to do”.

England players were targeted by Hungary fans on Thursday, prompting Fifa to open disciplinary proceedings.

“The action needs to be taken to stop it,” the Real Madrid forward said.

“The easiest thing is … whether you ban the fans from the stadium or if they keep repeatedly doing it, which seems to be what is happening, then you ban the country from the competition.

“I think it kicks it out straight away. If that country keeps making these horrible gestures, then maybe the best thing to do is to get rid of them, give them a suspension and hopefully they will learn their lesson that way.”

England players Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were racially abused by Hungarian supporters during their 4-0 win over Hungary in a World Cup qualifier in Budapest.

Objects as well as a flare were thrown at the visiting players by Hungarian fans.

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