Fri 03 September 2021:
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on world soccer’s governing body FIFA on Friday to take action over “disgraceful” racist abuse aimed at England players by Hungary fans during a World Cup qualifier.
“It is completely unacceptable that England players were racially abused in Hungary last night,” Johnson said on Twitter.
He urged FIFA to take “strong action against those responsible to ensure that this kind of disgraceful behavior is eradicated from the game for good.”
England players were targeted with racial abuse by some Hungary supporters during Thursday’s World Cup qualifier in Budapest that England won 4-0, British broadcasters reported.
Sterling, who scored the opening goal and made the second for Harry Kane, was the target of monkey chants from the home crowd and he was not the only player to suffer. The noises were also directed at the substitute Jude Bellingham as he warmed up on the sideline. Photographs would later emerge of Hungary fans making monkey gestures.
ITV and Sky Sports said their reporters heard monkey chants being aimed at England forward Raheem Sterling and substitute Jude Bellingham.
Photo: Hungary fans threw drinks at Raheem Sterling after he scores England’s opening goal against Hungary.
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