England’s players, fans and pundits condemend the racist chanting from Hungary supporters during their World Cup qualifier, with captain Harry Kane calling for strong punishments.
Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were subjected to vile monkey chants during the game while Sterling was also pelted with plastic cups after opening the scoring.
Players seemed to be shielded from the abuse but the chanting was audible from the stands and Kane, John Stones and Jack Grealish all condmned supporters’ actions after the game.
England’s players condemend the racist chanting from Hungary fans, with captain Harry Kane calling for strong punishments
Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were subjected to vile monkey chants during the game
‘I didn’t hear it,’ Kane told ITV after the game.
‘I’ll talk to the boys and see if they heard it. We’ll have to report it to UEFA as the rules permit and if it was the case then hopefully UEFA can come down strong.’
England’s players were also booed for taking a knee before the game. John Stones insisted the squad would continue to fight for what they believe in.
‘I personally didn’t hear it, I’ve been told about it after,’ Stones said of the abuse.
‘It is so sad to think that this happens at our games and I hope UEFA and whoever needs to take care of it does and I’m sure they will.
John Stones insisted the England squad would continue to fight for what they believe in
‘We stand together as a team and we will continue fighting for what we believe in as a team and what we believe is right.
‘I think we definitely have the mindset of ‘let the football do the talking’ and tonight we did that.
‘We celebrated our goals as if it is the last one we will score and that is an incredible thing to have as a team and as players.
‘We live the game and are so passionate for the shirt and how we conduct ourselves on the pitch. It is our passion, let our football do the talking and that showed tonight.’
England boss Gareth Southgate also condmned the abuse directed at his players.
‘It’s not acceptable. We have taken our stance, took the knee, right thing, I don’t think the group of players that we’ve had could be doing anything more for that cause.’
England’s players were also booed by home supporters for taking a knee before the game
Grealish added his comments on the incident on Twitter, writing: ‘Brilliant win in a unacceptable atmosphere. Well done though boys.’
The Football Association said in a statement: ‘It is extremely disappointing to hear reports of discriminatory actions towards some of our England players.
‘We will be asking FIFA to investigate the matter.
‘We continue to support the players and staff in our collective determination to highlight and tackle discrimination in all its forms.’
Kick It Out chief executive Tony Burnett has urged FIFA to investigate the matter as a matter of urgency.
‘Kick It Out was appalled to see the actions of some Hungary fans,’ he said.
‘We stand proudly in support of the England players and staff, who once again acted with strength, grace and integrity in the face of racism that has no place in our game or our society.
‘This is not the first incident like this in Hungary, so we urge FIFA to investigate this matter urgently.
‘Those responsible need to be held to account and steps need to be taken to ensure scenes like (this) are not repeated.’
The match had been place on a ‘red list’ by FIFA due to a high risk of racist and homophobic abuse following conduct by Hungary supporters during their Euro 2020 campaign this summer, which saw the team handed a three-match stadium ban by UEFA after incidents against France and Portugal.
The third game of the ban is suspended for a probationary period of two years, with Hungary also instructed to display a banner promoting equality at future matches.
In addition, the Hungarian Football Federation was given a £85,500 fine for the number of fan infringements.
However, Hungary were able to play in front of 67,000 spectators at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest against the Three Lions because they were playing in a competition run by FIFA.
Arsenal legend and pundit Ian Wright insisted governing bodies don’t care enough to deal with the problem.
Ian Wright insisted governing bodies don’t care enough to deal with the problem
‘You can’t believe that two organisations can’t get together and ban them,’ Wright told ITV.
‘Black players will know that they’re probably going to get racially abused. As soon as Sterling gets fouled, it’s embarrassing, don’t know what to say about FIFA and UEFA, they don’t care enough, they don’t care enough.
‘We do have our own problems, but it doesn’t mean you can’t condemn that sort of behaviour.’
Lee Dixon added: ‘That is ridiculous that you can be banned from one organisation and have a full stadium with another. When he [Sterling] gets up and looks up, and turns around looking at the referee almost as if he should say anything.’
Wright then replied: ‘What would be the point of saying anything for Raheem? When the two organisations can’t work together, it’s pointless. The armbands, gestures, they don’t do anything, laughable, you’ve got to come down hard on people.’
Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: ‘Another dominant England performance and a great result.
‘But once again, our England team are subjected to disgusting racist abuse. Completely unacceptable behaviour.
‘Strong action must be taken against Hungary to protect players and show racism has no place in football.’
Fans also took to Twitter to call out the abuse directed at England’s players.
One supporter wrote: ‘Football against racism. OK. Remove Hungary from any and all international matches. No ifs or buts. A complete blanket ban on that country for 12 months. minimum’