England manager Gareth Southgate called upon UEFA to deal correctly with the alleged racist abuse that occurred in Budapest on Thursday night as the Three Lions saw off Hungary 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier Budapest.
England produced a second-half of complete quality to beat Hungary 4-0 after they went into the interval locked at 0-0.
Goals from Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Declan Rice showed that England’s Euro 2020 campaign was no fluke as they continued their stellar performances of the summer.
But the game was marred by apparent racist abuse targeted at Sterling after he scored the opening goal.
The Manchester City winger, 26, was claimed by ITV to have been abused with monkey chants from the Hungarian fans alongside substitute Jude Bellingham.
Bellingham was apparently on the end abuse as he was warming up in events that mark another dark day in football’s ongoing battle against racism.
England’s current national team are no strangers to the abuse. Tyrone Mings was subject to horrific racial abuse in England’s 6-0 win in Bulgaria back in October 2019, with Raheem Sterling undergoing more abuse in March 2019, as he scored in a 5-1 win over Montenegro.
But as the years have gone on, racism continues to be rife when England’s black players face some other countries away from home.
While the abuse is condemned time and time again and continental governing bodies continue to punish the respective nations by issuing stadium bans to fans, the issue does not look to be getting tackled sufficiently.
And this is something Southgate has picked up on.
“We try to take a right stand, we knew taking the knee would get an adverse reaction and anything of that nature is unacceptable.”
England look to continue their dominance against minnows Andorra at the weekend as they made it four wins from four in their qualifying group in Budapest.
And with England facing Poland on Wednesday, Southgate could name a weaker side on Sunday evening against Andorra, who recorded their first competitive win since October 2019 on Thursday night with a 2-0 victory against San Marino.