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England players, fans and pundits sue Hungarian fans for racist singing at Sterling and Bellingham


The England players condemned the racist chanting of Hungarian fans during their World Cup qualifier, with captain Harry Kane calling for severe penalties.

Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were subjected to vicious monkey chants during the match, while Sterling was also pelted with plastic cups after opening the score.

Players appeared to be shielded from the abuse, but the chanting could be heard from the stands and Kane, John Stones and Jack Grealish condemned the supporters’ actions after the game.

England players condemn racist chants from Hungarian fans, and captain Harry Kane calls for harsh penalties

Raheem Sterling was subjected to monkey chants during the match

Jude Belligham was also assaulted during his warm-up on the sidelines

Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were subjected to vicious monkey chants during the match

“I haven’t heard,” Kane told ITV after the game.

“I’ll talk to the boys and see if they’ve heard. We will have to report it to UEFA if the rules allow it and if that was the case then hopefully UEFA can act strongly.”

England’s players were also booed for having to take a knee before the game. John Stones insisted that the squad continue to fight for what they believe in.

“I personally didn’t hear it, I was told later,” Stones said of the abuse.

“It’s so sad to think that this is happening during our matches and I hope UEFA and whoever has to take care of it does and I’m sure they will.

John Stones insisted that the England squad continue to fight for what they believe in

John Stones insisted that the England squad continue to fight for what they believe in

“We stand together as a team and we will continue to fight for what we believe in as a team and what we believe is right.

“I think we definitely have the mentality of ‘let the football do the talking’ and tonight we did that.

“We’ve celebrated our goals like it’s the last we’re going to score and that’s incredible to have as a team and as players.

“We live the game and are so passionate about the shirt and how we behave on the pitch. It is our passion, let us speak football and it showed tonight.’

England boss Gareth Southgate also condemned the abuse against his players.

‘It’s not acceptable. We took our stand, got the hang of it, well, I don’t think the group of players we’ve had could do anything more for that cause.”

England's players were also booed by home fans for taking a knee before the match

England’s players were also booed by home fans for taking a knee before the match

Grealish added his comments about the incident on Twitter, writing: ‘Brilliant victory in an unacceptable atmosphere. But well done guys.’

The Football Association said in a statement: “It is extremely disappointing to hear reports of discriminatory actions against some of our English players.

“We will ask FIFA to investigate the matter.

“We continue to support the players and staff in our collective determination to raise awareness and address discrimination in all its forms.”

Kick It Out CEO Tony Burnett has urged FIFA to investigate the matter urgently.

“Kick It Out was shocked to see the actions of some Hungarian fans,” he said.

“We are proud to support the players and staff of England, who have once again acted with strength, grace and integrity in the face of racism that has no place in our game or society.

“This is not the first incident like this in Hungary, so we urge FIFA to investigate this matter urgently.

“Those responsible must be held accountable and steps taken to ensure that scenes like this are not repeated.”

The match had been ‘red-listed’ by FIFA due to a high risk of racial and homophobic abuse following behavior by Hungarian supporters during their Euro 2020 campaign this summer, which saw the team receive a three-match stadium ban from UEFA after incidents against France and Portugal.

The ban’s third match will be suspended for a two-year trial period, with Hungary also being ordered to display a banner promoting equality in future matches.

In addition, the Hungarian Football Association was fined £85,500 for the number of violations committed by fans.

However, Hungary was able to play against the Three Lions in front of 67,000 spectators at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest as they played in a FIFA competition.

Arsenal legend and pundit Ian Wright insisted governing bodies don’t care enough about the issue.

“You can’t believe two organizations can’t come together to ban them,” Wright told ITV.

“Black players will know that they are likely to be racially abused. Once Sterling commits a foul it’s embarrassing, don’t know what to say about FIFA and UEFA, they don’t care enough, they don’t care enough.

“We have our own problems, but that doesn’t mean you can’t condemn that kind of behavior.”

Lee Dixon added: “It’s ridiculous that you can be banned from one organization and have a full stadium with another. When he [Sterling] gets up and looks up, and turns around looking at the umpire as if to say something.’

Wright then replied, ‘What’s the point of saying something for Raheem? If the two organizations can’t work together, there’s no point. The bracelets, gestures, they do nothing, laughable, you have to hit people hard.’

Labor Party leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: ‘Another dominant performance from England and a great result.

“But again, our England team is being subjected to disgusting racial abuse. Totally unacceptable behaviour.

“Strong action must be taken against Hungary to protect players and show that racism has no place in football.”


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