Before the World Cup 2022 qualifier, Hungary supporters booed England players who took a knee.
While taking a knee before the match against Hungary on Thursday night, England’s players were booed.
England players were booed when they took a knee before meeting Hungary in a sold-out Puskas Arena in Budapest on Thursday evening in a 2022 World Cup qualifier.
The Three Lions all went down on one knee before kick-off, having discussed the notion prior to the game and everyone agreeing that they would continue to do so after doing so at Euro 2020 this summer.
When England faced Hungary at the Szusza Ferenc Stadion in June, it is stated that the England squad was well aware that the Republic of Ireland’s players were booed.
Pre-match, Hungarian FA President Sandor Csanyi urged home fans not to sing racist, homophobic, or discriminatory slogans, but supporters rejected the anti-racism gesture.
“It is also important that the team’s unbeaten run thus far in this FIFA qualifying campaign is not overshadowed by anything else, and that the loud noises produced inside the arena are full of encouragement for our national team rather than racist, discriminatory, or homophobic chants, including discrimination against the Roma community,” he wrote in the match-day programme.
The gesture is against racial inequity in football and society as a whole, and is unrelated to the Black Lives Matter political movement, according to England players and staff in recent months.
England fans watching the Hungary match on TV could clearly hear boos and jeers.
Due to racist insults and homophobic banners at Hungary’s Euro 2020 group games against Portugal and France in Budapest, supporters are barred from attending their future UEFA matches, with one of those games suspended for two years.
However, because the UEFA-imposed sanction does not apply to FIFA-governed events, the Puskas Arena was authorized to host 60,000 people for the match against England on Thursday.
“I hope that we do not face this kind of situation,” Hungary head coach Marco Rossi said of the likelihood of pre-match discrimination.
“What we can say is that we have always shown profound respect for everyone in the past.
“I am not fearful or concerned that someone might behave in this manner, racist behavior, in front of English players. I sincerely hope this does not occur.
“Just in case,” says the Brinkwire Summary News.