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England’s Southgate blasts Hungary fans for racist behavior

Fri 03 September 2021 | 5:39

Three Lions continued their unbeaten run in World Cup qualifiers with a 4-0 victory over Hungary. However, the incidents involving fans in Budapest overshadowed England’s victory.

Several bitter incidents happened during 

England’s 4-0 victory over Hungary

. The first incident was when 

Gareth Southgate

’s men got booed as they kneeled on the pitch, as a ‘Black Lives Matter’ gesture.

After opening the scoring for England after 55 minutes, 

Raheem Sterling

 was pelted with paper cups as he celebrated his strike, while a flare was thrown from the stands after 

Harry Maguire

 made it 3-0 for the Three Lions.

 

"I'm just getting an understanding of what's happened because we weren't really aware of it on the bench," 

head coach

 Gareth Southgate told reporters post-match

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 "So it sounds like there have been some incidents.

"Everybody knows what we stand for as a team and that's completely unacceptable. Everything has been reported to UEFA and we have to see what happens from there. There's no more that this group of players - and all the staff in fairness - could do in the fight against racism. We're trying to uphold our part of it and other people have got to take the right action to try and make progress.

"I haven't [spoken to the players yet] because I wasn't aware of it when I was in the dressing room. But I know our head of security has spoken with the players and has taken their statements. We'll deal with it in the right way now and through the right channels.

"I don't think our players can do anything more than they have done in the last two or three years to get the right messages out, to take the right stands and it is for other people to protect them. It is for me to protect them in the main but for the authorities to protect them as well."

 

When asked if his players were expecting to receive racist abuse, Southgate explained: 

"We always prepare the team for everything really.

"We've done that this week, but also we know we've had our own issues at home so we're not really focusing on other countries, we're focusing on ourselves and making sure we get our own things correct."

 

England

 will continue their World Cup qualifiers with 

a home game against Andorra on Sunday

.


source: SportMob

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