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England Players Booed After Taking A Knee During World Cup Qualifier In Hungary

Stewart Perrie

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England Players Booed After Taking A Knee During World Cup Qualifier In Hungary

England players were booed after taking a knee before of their World Cup qualifier match in Hungary.

The footballers knew the reception was going to be less than friendly when they arrived at Puskas Arena in Budapest.

However, the stadium erupted in angry boos as the Three Lions dropped to one knee to continue making a stand against racism.

Ahead of their match in Budapest, Hungarian FA president Sandor Csanyi warned he would take England's side if they wanted to perform their silent protest.

He called on Hungarian fans not to make any racist or homophobic taunts before, during or after the game.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"It is also important that the team's unbeaten run so far in this FIFA qualifying campaign is not overshadowed by anything else and that the loud noises produced inside the arena is full of encouragement for our national team rather than containing any racist, discriminatory or homophobic chants, including discrimination against the Roma community," he said.

Hungary copped a three-game stadium ban after UEFA found fans were guilty of racist and homophobic chanting during the Euros 2020.

England didn't appear to be fazed by the booing at the start of the game as they ended up winning 4-0.

The Three Lions were pelted with cups after Raheem Sterling opened the scoring, however the players took the taunts in their stride with Declan Rice and Jack Grealish even taking a drink out of the discarded drinks.

A flare was tossed onto the field after Harry Maguire's goal took the match to 3-0.

England manager Gareth Southgate was asked back in June whether England would keep taking the knee after copping negative reactions in the past.

"We accept that there might be an adverse reaction and we are just going to ignore that and move forward. The players are sick of talking about the consequences of should they, shouldn't they," he said.

"They have had enough really."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: SPORT, Football, three lions, England

Stewart Perrie
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