England has openly condemned the racist abuse directed at their players during a World Cup qualifier in Budapest, calling it completely unacceptable. Despite England winning the game 4-0, Manchester city forward Raheem Sterling and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham were targeted during the game. When the players took the knee before the kick-off, loud racist chanting could be heard as well as objects being thrown later in the game.
Sterling was targeted with paper cups and bottles as he opened the score for England, with other members also being attacked. A flare was even thrown onto the pitch after Maguire scored. Ice was thrown at England manager Gareth Southgate during his post-match interview. Hungary’s players asked supporters to respect England’s knee gesture but the fans didn’t follow. Southgate said that everyone knows what the team stands for and, pointing to the match being filmed, that he hopes action is taken right away.
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