Gareth Southgate SLAMT racial abuse targeting Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham by Hungarian fans in Budapest as ‘unacceptable’…with England boss insisting his players ‘can do NO MORE in the fight against racism’
- England players were subjected to racial abuse during the win against Hungary
- Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were targeted with monkey chants
- Gareth Southgate labeled the nauseating abuse in Budapest ‘unacceptable’
- England players were also booed before the match for taking the knee
Gareth Southgate tonight labeled the sickening racial abuse of England’s black players in their beating of Hungary as ‘unacceptable’.
The Three Lions took a five-point lead at the top of their qualifying group for Qatar 2022 with a convincing win in Budapest – but the win was marred after English players were targeted by monkey chants.
Tonight there were reports that Raheem Sterling, who scored the first goal, and unused substitute Jude Bellingham were taunted, while England players were widely booed for kneeling before kick-off.
England boss Gareth Southgate (L) labeled the sickening racist insults against Raheem Sterling (R) and Jude Bellingham by Hungarian fans as ‘unacceptable’
Sterling was subjected to monkey chants, as was Bellingham (R) while warming up
Southgate said: ‘We weren’t really aware of it on the bench but it sounds like there have been incidents. People know what we stand for as a team and that is completely unacceptable. Everything has been reported to UEFA and we will see what happens.
“This group can do nothing more in the fight against racism. We try to uphold our share of it and other people need to take the right action to make progress.
“It’s up to other people – and me in general – to protect the players, but also the authorities. They should not be subjected to any form of racism. Our head of security has spoken to the players and recorded their statements and we will deal with it in the right way, through the right channels.
“But it’s not fair to criticize all Hungarian fans, it’s a very similar situation to the one we find at home, I think.
Sterling was pelted with plastic cups after scoring for the sickening racist abuse later on
“Those responsible need to be dealt with, I think there is evidence that people are being filmed and we have to hope that it is properly disposed of.
“The world is changing and while some people are trapped in their prejudices, they eventually become the dinosaurs as the world modernizes.”
The Football Association released a statement shortly after the final whistle condemning the abuse: “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 will continue to support the players and staff in our collective determination to raise awareness and address discrimination in all its forms.”
England’s players were also booed when they got on their knees for qualifying with Hungary
In addition to the racist players being abused, players were attacked with missiles while a flare also hit the pitch.
Nevertheless, England’s players were able to withstand the intimidating atmosphere to take a big step towards World Cup qualifiers ahead of Sunday’s clash against Andorra at Wembley.
“I’m very happy, from the start the players have been excellent,” Southgate added.
However, Southgate praised England’s performance after an impressive 4-0 win
“They showed humility to approach each day in the right way, they know the standards to set.
“I was very happy with the first half, although we didn’t score goals, we had full control, but we couldn’t quite get the last pass right.
“But we knew they were going to get tired of the way we used the ball and by the end we could have had more.”