Harry Kane calls for strong punishments for Hungary fans after racist abuse in England win

Tom Gott
Harry Kane wants punishments for Hungary
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England striker Harry Kane has urged the authorities to come down strong on Hungary after their supporters were involved in yet more racist abuse during Thursday's 4-0 victory.

After Raheem Sterling was pelted by cups while celebrating the opening goal, monkey chants directed towards the Manchester City winger could be heard clearly and were soon directed towards substitute Jude Bellingham as he warmed up on the touchline.

The hostility had been clear right from the very start of the game, when England's decision to take the knee before kick-off was met with a chorus of concerningly loud boos by the home fans, despite pleas from the Hungarian FA to keep it clean.

"I didn't hear that," Kane told ITV when asked about the monkey chants. "I will talk to the boys and see if they heard any of it. We will have to report it to [FIFA] as the rules permit. If that is the case, hopefully [FIFA] come down strong."

UEFA imposed a two-match ban on Hungary fans during this summer's European Championships after reports of fan unrest and discriminatory behaviour, but FIFA declined to copy that punishment and allowed fans into the stadium for this game.

"It was disappointing to hear the boos but it has happened in previous games, we knew what to expect but I am happy all the boys stood by it," centre-back Harry Maguire told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"I have spoke to a couple of lads, I did not hear [monkey chants] myself and if it did happen then I am disappointed. Three, four of us did not hear them but you guys can hear them more clearly on TV."

John Stones added: "Personally I didn't hear it, but was told about it after. It's so sad to think about that this happens at our games. I hope UEFA or whoever needs to take care of it does. We stand together as a team and did do before the game and we will continue fighting for what we believe in as a team and what we think is right."