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Boris hits out at ‘completely unacceptable’ abuse faced by England players in Hungary


Boris Johnson has taken to Twitter earlier today to hit out at racist abuse faced by England players in Budapest last night. 

The Prime Minister wrote: “It is completely unacceptable that England players were racially abused in Hungary last night.

“I urge FIFA to take strong action against those responsible to ensure that this kind of disgraceful behaviour is eradicated from the game for good.”

England players Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham endured racist abuse in Thursday night’s game with ITV’s Gabriel Clarke reporting that monkey noises were heard from the stands.

Clarke was stationed behind the goal where the Three Lions scored all of their four second-half strikes, labelling the gestures “audible and visible”. 

The Football Association (FA) have since issued a statement in response to the reports of racist abuse. 

The organisation confirmed that they will request FIFA to launch an investigation into the matter. 

The FA statement read: “It is extremely disappointing to hear reports of discriminatory actions towards some of our England players.

“We will be asking FIFA to investigate the matter. We continue to support the players and staff in our collective determination to highlight and tackle discrimination in all its forms.”

England manager Gareth Southgate and captain Harry Kane have both spoken out about the incident urging football’s world governing bodies to take action against the offending Hungarian fans. 

Hungary have been ordered to play three matches behind-closed-doors by UEFA, with one game suspended by two years, following instances of previously reported racist and homophobic abuse.

However, the Thursday night’s World Cup qualifier came under FIFA jurisdiction which meant that the punishment did not apply, a ruling likely to be widely scrutinised given the events that followed.

When asked about the racist chanting, Kane said: “I didn’t hear that. I will talk to the boys and see if they heard any of it.

“We will have to report it to UEFA as the rules permit. If that is the case, hopefully they come down strong.”

While Southgate added: “I have heard reports of racism and we were not aware of that during the game.

“I am not sure we were particularly sensible celebrating right in front of their fans with the flare but the racism is the key part.

“We weren’t really aware of it on the bench. It sounds like there have been some incidents.

“Everyone knows what we stand for as a team and that’s completely unacceptable. Everything’s being reported to UEFA.

“We try to take a right stand, we knew taking the knee would get an adverse reaction and anything of that nature is unacceptable.”

It was not clear whether Southgate and Kane both meant FIFA instead of UEFA.

Goalscorer Sterling was loudly jeered after making it 1-0 and was also pelted by cups from the home supporters. He continued to be jeered until the final whistle.

Southgate continued: “Although some people are stuck in their way of thinking and prejudices, they are going to be the dinosaurs in the end.

“We’ll continue to try set the right example for young people in our country.”

While John Stones insisted: “We stand together as a team and we will continue fighting for what we believe in as a team and what we believe is right.

“I think we definitely have the mindset of ‘let the football do the talking’ and tonight we did that.”

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