FIFA has rejected appeals from Hungary and Bulgaria to drop racism sanctions. The two countries have been fined and ordered to play their next two home matches behind closed doors.
"The appeals lodged by the Hungarian Football Federation (MLZS) and the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) were both rejected and the decisions of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee rendered on November 20, 2012, are confirmed in their entirety," world football's governing body said in a statement Tuesday.
Both Hungary and Bulgaria must play their next qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on March 22 – against Romania and Malta respectively – without fans.
The MLZS, who were also fined 40,000 Swiss francs (32,550 euros, $44,00), were punished for anti-Semitic chants by Hungary fans in a friendly at home to Israel on August 15 (pictured above).