Hungary – England: Hungarian children’s audience bumps into England’s knees

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England players kneel against racism before match in Hungary – some fans buzzed them. © Nick Potts / image

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

Budapest / Munich – Another scandal due to fans in Budapest and a lot of frustration among the three lions: The fans whistled mercilessly at the players of the English national football team during the “anti-racism kneeling” before the match. The game was actually played as a ghost game due to repeated homophobic and racist behavior, and only through a loophole in the rules were 30,000 school children and accompanying persons allowed into Puskas Stadium. They saw a messy dress rehearsal of England before the match against Germany – the match ended 1-0 to the Hungarians.

England frustrated: ‘Kids can not know why we do this’

The English did not understand the young viewers’ whistles: “We also go on our knees to educate people in the world and raise awareness. The children may not know why we do this, but they seem to be influenced by the adults,” the England team commented manager Gareth Southgate.

“I have no idea why people bump such a gesture,” the coach said incomprehensibly channel 4. Defender Conor Coady said: “It’s extremely disappointing. It’s important that people understand why we do this. We do not want to experience anything like today, but we want to pass the message on to each other.” The team would like to continue to show their knees.

Due to racist insults at EURO last year, the Hungarian association was sentenced to three ghost fights. A ghost game was suspended for two years on probation.

Hungary fans actually banned for racist and homophobic acts

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

The World Federation FIFA also sentenced Hungary to two FIFA-level ghost matches and a fine of 200,000 Swiss francs (185,000 euros) in September last year after discriminatory statements by its supporters against English national players. The second match is suspended for two years on probation.

Jude Bellingham, a professional from Borussia Dortmund, and star striker Raheem Sterling from Manchester City were mocked with monkey sounds during the English team’s victory in the World Cup qualifier (4-0) in Budapest on 2 September 2021, and there were also people in Puskas Arena Beer Mug and torches flown onto the pitch. FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee had described the racist incidents as “disgusting behavior” and condemned them in the strongest terms.

Hungary vs. England – Young fans equipped with vuvuzela: “Peaceful”

The fans attracted attention due to another joint action – also and especially the TV viewers. Apparently someone had handed out a large number of vuvuzela horns to the kids, bringing back memories of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where each match was accompanied by the vuvuzela tones. The sound is reminiscent of a swarm of bees.

“I just turned on the England game, why are we back to the vuvuzela at the 2010 World Cup?” wrote a user on Twitter. “The background noise during the Hungary – England game is absolutely annoying … the shitty vuvuzelas are banned,” said another user. “What idea was it to give them vuvuzela?” asked another user. “Vuvuzelas should be banned from all sporting events,” urged another.

The English performance in Budapest was also disappointing in sporting terms.Southgate and his team want to make amends for Germany on Tuesday (DFB-Elf played 1-1 in Italy and had a lousy TV rating). So in Munich – definitely without whistles when kneeling or vuvuzelas. (cg with page)

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