Hungary-England: Hungarian children’s fans booed on England’s knees

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England players kneel against racism before the game in Hungary – some fans booed them. © Nick Potts / Imago

Another scandal at an international match in Budapest: When England fell to its knees in Hungary, young fans – who had caused trouble because of something else – whistled.

BUDAPEST / MUNICH – Another scandal caused by the fans in Budapest and a lot of frustration among the Three Lions: the fans whistled mercilessly at England football players during the “anti-racism silencing of the knee” before the match. The game was actually played as a ghost game due to the repetition of racist and racist behavior of homosexuals, and only through a loophole in the regulations were 30,000 schoolchildren and their companions allowed into Puskas Stadium. They watched a failed rehearsal by England before the match against Germany – the match ended 1-0 for Hungary.

England frustrated: ‘Children don’t know why we’re doing this’

The English did not understand the whistles of young spectators: “We are also on our knees to educate people in the world and to raise awareness. Gareth Southgate, England manager, commented that children do not know why we are doing this, but they seem to be influenced by adults.

“I have no idea why people would disdain such a gesture,” the coach said disappointedly Channel 4. Defender Conor Cody said: “It’s very frustrating. It’s important that people understand why we’re doing this. We don’t want to experience anything like today, but we want to pass on the message to each other.” The team wants to continue to show their knees.

Due to racist insults at last year’s European Championship, the Hungarian Football Association was sentenced to three ghost games. The ghost game was suspended for two years on probation.

Hungarian fans are actually banned for racist and homophobic acts

In the summer of 2021, Hungarian fans made racist and homophobic comments in both group matches in Budapest against Portugal and France and in Munich against Germany. On Saturday, Southgate said the Three Lions issued a clear statement, “Everyone knows what we believe in and what we stand for.”

FIFA also sentenced Hungary to two FIFA ghost games and a fine of 200,000 Swiss francs (185,000 euros) last September after discriminatory statements by its supporters against England players. The second match is suspended for two years on probation.

Judd Bellingham, the professional from Borussia Dortmund, and attacking star Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, made fun of monkey noises during the England team’s World Cup qualifier win (4-0) in Budapest on September 2, 2021, and there were also people in beer mugs and torches released Puskas Arena on the field. The FIFA Disciplinary Committee described the racist incidents as “disgusting behaviour” and condemned them in the strongest possible terms.

Hungary vs England – Vuvuzela-equipped young fans: ‘Peaceful’

Fans noticed another joint work – also and especially TV viewers. Apparently, someone handed out a large number of vuvuzelas to the children, bringing back memories of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when every match was accompanied by the sound of vuvuzelas. The sound reminds us of a swarm of bees.

One user wrote on Twitter: “I just played the England match, why did we go back to vuvuzelas for the 2010 World Cup?” Another user said, “Background noise during the Hungary-England match is very annoying… Dirty vuvuzelas are forbidden.” Another user asked, “Who was the idea for giving them vuvuzelas?” Another urged that “Vuvuzelas should be banned from all sporting events.”

The English performance in Budapest was also disappointing from a sporting point of view, with Southgate and his team wanting to make adjustments against Germany on Tuesday (the DFB played 1-1 in Italy and had a poor TV rating). Then in Munich – certainly without whistles when kneeling or vuvuzelas. (cg with sid)

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