- England players were booed by Hungary fans – for the most part youngsters – while taking a knee before their 1-0 Nations League rout in Budapest.
- In spite of the hosts being compelled to play the game in secret because of bigoted maltreatment from the stands.
- UEFA forced an arena boycott after the past way of behaving of Hungary allies during Euro 2020 matches organized in the nation the previous summer.
FIFA gave a different discipline after England were racially manhandled during their 4-0 World Cup qualifying win in September.
In any case, more than 30,000 individuals – mostly schoolchildren – were permitted inside the Puskas Arena on Saturday night for the Nations League apparatus as UEFA rules consider a limitless number of U14s to go to games away from public scrutiny, for however long they are joined by a grown-up.
The public hymns of the two nations were regarded as the players advanced out onto the pitch, however scoffs gave off an impression of being discernible from the group when England took a knee before start off in what was their most memorable visit to the arena since they were racially manhandled a year ago.
Be that as it may, UEFA won’t rebuff Hungary for booing the demonstration of taking a knee, as it isn’t contrary to its standards.
Revealing from inside the Puskas Arena, Sky Sports News’ senior columnist Rob Dorsett said: “It was a unimaginably uproarious climate and everyone was focused on the group when England took a knee and the booing from great many schoolchildren inside the arena was incredibly, clear.
“It was a strange noise in truth because these are all U14s so it was higher-pitched noise than what we’re used to when we hear booing.
But it was very clear booing by the vast majority of people inside the stadium.
“It’s important to stress that it’s not against UEFA rules.
Do not expect UEFA to punish the Hungarian FA further, but what I think it will do is support the feeling expressed by a lot of people within football that the image of a stadium two-thirds full of spectators for a game that is supposed to have none as a punishment for former racist abuse, is distasteful and not sending out the right message.
“There’s a further concern that these are youngsters. They did not like the gesture of England players taking a knee and they did not approve of it.”
In front of England’s excursion to Budapest, chief Gareth Southgate said his side expected to “continue doing the right things and setting the right model” in standing firm against prejudice.
However, after the booing on Saturday night, the 51-year-old conceded he was unable to comprehend the negative reaction to his players taking a knee at the Puskas Arena.
He told Channel 4: “The first thing is that is why we do it; to try to educate people around the world.
I have no idea why people would choose to boo that gesture and I think, very often, young people can’t know why they are doing it, so they are being influenced by older adults.
“The UEFA decision is for other people to decide. We have made our stand as a team. Everybody knows what we believe and what we stand for.
“Tonight is a night where I have got to focus on the football. When you lose you can’t be talking too much about other areas because I think that would be a lack of responsibility for the result.”