CAS uphold FIFA Hungary ruling
Hungary have been forced to play their upcoming World Cup qualifier against Romania this month behind closed doors after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) refused their appeal to allow the temporary suspension of a FIFA sanction.
FIFA first ordered that Hungary play the March 22 Group D fixture in an empty stadium back in January after their disciplinary committee found that a section of Hungary supporters had chanted anti-Semitic abuse and displayed offensive symbols during a friendly with Israel in Budapest last August.
The Hungarian Football Federation (HFF) appealed to CAS to suspend FIFA's decision, which was then rejected. The arbitration process is still ongoing.
CAS announced on Tuesday: "The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed the application for provisional measures filed by the Hungarian Football Federation in relation to a decision of the FIFA instances ordering that the Hungarian team play its next home match in the preliminary round for the 2014 FIFA World Cup without spectators.''
The CAS statement added: "The HFF had requested that CAS suspend the effects of the decision concerning the match to be played without spectators, a request which was denied by CAS today. As a consequence, the decision imposing that the match between Hungary and Romania on 22 March 2013 be played without spectators is maintained. The arbitration in this matter is ongoing and an award on the merits will be issued at the end of the CAS procedure.''
Hungary and Romania sit second and third in Group D respectively, both on nine points, three fewer than first-placed Netherlands.
Information from the Press Association was used in this report