England hero John Stones ‘saddened’ by racist abuse by Hungarian fans, and captain Harry Kane wants UEFA action
England stars John Stones and Harry Kane want UEFA to take action if it can be proven that their team-mates suffered racial abuse in the 4-0 win over Hungary.
A fantastic victory for the Three Lions in their World Cup qualifiers was marred by a hostile crowd in Puskas Arena.
Hungarian fans abused English players throughout
If it had been a UEFA event, there would have been no fans in the stadium after the hosts were sanctioned earlier this summer for racist and homophobic abuse at Euro 2020.
Thursday night’s game, however, was under FIFA jurisdiction, and more than 60,000 fans were able to abuse their opponents on the pitch.
ITV reporter Gabriel Clarke reported hearing racist slurs directed at Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham.
Meanwhile, the players were bombarded with cups of beer throughout the second half, where they scored all four of their goals.
England players were subjected to racist chants and cups thrown at them
England captain Kane has said he is not aware of any racist abuse but will speak to his team-mates about it and hopes that if that turns out to be correct UEFA will deal with it.
“I didn’t hear that,” he told ITV. “I’m going to talk to the boys and see if they’ve heard of it.
“Look, we’ll have to report this to UEFA as the rules are in place. If so, I hope UEFA can win.
His England team-mate Stones didn’t hear it either, but he’s also hoping to take action.
“Personally, I didn’t hear it, I was told about it afterwards,” he said.
Hungarian fans were sanctioned earlier this summer by UEFA for behavior similar to Euro 2020
“It’s so sad to think that this happens in our games and I hope UEFA and everyone who has to deal with it will and I’m sure they will.
“We stand together as a team and we will continue to fight for what we believe in as a team and what we believe is right.”
Stones added: “I think we definitely have the ‘let the football talk’ mindset and tonight we have.
“We celebrated our goals like it was the last we scored and it’s an amazing thing to have as a team and as players.
“We live the game and are so passionate about the jersey and the way we behave on the pitch. It is our passion, to let our football speak and it showed this evening.
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Kick It Out chief executive Tony Burnett has urged FIFA to urgently investigate the matter.
“Kick It Out was appalled to see the actions of some Hungarian fans,” he said.
“We proudly support the English players and staff, who have once again acted with strength, grace and integrity in the face of racism that has no place in our game or our society.
“This is not the first incident like this in Hungary, so we urge FIFA to investigate this matter as a matter of urgency.
“Those responsible must be held accountable and steps must be taken to ensure that scenes like (this one) do not repeat themselves. «
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