Hungary 0-4 England LIVE! Racist abuse against Three Lions stars march to Budapest World Cup qualifiers
Allegations of racist abuse by part of the home crowd marred England’s landslide victory over Hungary in Budapest on Thursday night.
Monkey chants are said to have targeted Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham in the second half of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers at Puskas Arena.
England players were also booed as they knelt before the kick-off of the Group I clash, as a rocket was launched onto the pitch and fans threw cups and others debris to celebrate the English stars on a horrific night in the Hungarian capital.
Hungary has already been hit with a three-match stadium ban – with the third match suspended – by UEFA this summer following discriminatory behavior by supporters at Euro 2020 and other EU investigations. Fifa will surely follow now.
England have been excellent after a dominant but frustrating first 45 minutes, with second-half goals from the magnificent Sterling, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Declan Rice maintaining their unbeaten start on the road to Qatar in their first game since they suffered grief on penalties at Euro 2020 against Italy at Wembley.
Follow the reaction Hungary vs England LIVE with Dan Kilpatrick present in Budapest …
A message of support from Manchester City to their player Sterling and his English teammates.
“No one should have to accept what English footballers have gone through tonight,” they tweeted.
“It is totally unacceptable. Discrimination has no place in football. We are with you.”
No more reaction from Southgate
“I have to say there is a balance in the crowd,” he said. “As we know at home, not everyone at home causes problems. This evening our national anthem has been truly remarkably well respected. It is not fair to criticize all Hungarian fans.
“A lot of the Hungarian fans were very generous and behaved extremely well. It’s a very similar situation to what we find at home. The individuals who are responsible, they have to be treated.
“Although some people are stuck in their thinking and prejudices, they will end up being the dinosaurs as the world modernizes. Hungary is nowhere near as diverse as our population as our country is.
“It still takes us a very, very long time to get to where we need to go and inevitably, if other countries don’t have the same level of diversity, it probably hasn’t been in their thinking the same way it did in our country.”
No more reaction from Southgate
“Everyone knows what we stand for as a team and that is totally unacceptable. Everything is reported and we have to see what happens from there.
“It’s up to others to take care of it. There is nothing more that this group of players and all the staff could do in the fight against racism. We are trying to respect our part and other people have to take the right steps to move forward.
“I don’t think our players can do more than they’ve done over the past two or three years trying to get the right messages out, take the right positions and it’s up to others to protect them. It is up to me to protect them for the most part, but it is up to the authorities to protect them as well. They should not be subjected to any form of racism. “
Kick It Out statement
“We are appalled by the actions of some Hungarian fans tonight,” Kick It Out said in a statement.
“Racist abuse is not welcome in our game and we proudly support the England team.
“We urge FIFA to investigate this matter as a matter of urgency.
“Steps must be taken to ensure that scenes like this do not repeat themselves. “
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer just tweeted the following:
“Another dominant performance from England and a great result.
“But once again our England team are subject to disgusting racist abuse.
“Completely unacceptable behavior. Strong action must be taken against Hungary to protect the players and show that racism has no place in football.
Reaction from Gareth Southgate
“I heard reports of racism and we weren’t aware of it during the game. I’m not sure we were particularly sensible to celebrate in front of their fans with the flare, but racism is the key. We try to take a stand, we knew taking the knee would cause an adverse reaction and anything of that nature is unacceptable. ”
Jack Grealish called the atmosphere inside Puskas Arena tonight “unacceptable” in a post-match tweet.
The Football Association issued the following statement after tonight’s reports of racist abuse in Budapest:
Harry Maguire was asked about these alleged racist chants by BBC Radio 5 Live …
“I spoke to a few guys, I didn’t hear them myself and if that happened I’m disappointed. Three, four of us didn’t hear them, but you can hear them more clearly on TV.
Of the Hungarian fans booing English players on their knees, he said: “It was disappointing to hear the boos but it happened in previous matches, we knew what to expect but I am glad all the boys supported him. “
Here is John Stones’ reaction to this alleged racist chant from part of the Hungarian crowd …
“Personally, I didn’t hear it, I was told about it afterwards. It’s so sad to think that this happens in our games and I hope UEFA and all those who have to deal with it will do it and I am sure they will, ”he said. declared.
“We are united as a team and we will continue to fight for what we believe in as a team and what we think is right. I think we definitely have the mentality of ‘let the football do the talking’ and tonight we made it.
“We celebrated our goals like it was the last we scored, it’s an amazing thing to have as a team and as players.
“We live the game and are so passionate about the jersey and the way we behave on the pitch. It is our passion, to let our football speak and it showed this evening.