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England players racially abused in World Cup qualifier against Hungary

Jack Gallagher
Rice drinking from one of the cups
Rice drinking from one of the cups / Michael Regan/Getty Images
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England players Jude Bellingham and Raheem Sterling were subjected to racial abuse during the Three Lions' World Cup qualifying meeting with Hungary at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.

Players were also pelted with cups and other objects in the second half.

The crowd troubled occurred in the aftermath of England's opener on the night, with Raheem Sterling being the subject of monkey chants, and then cups were thrown at him as well as some other England players while they celebrated their first goal of the night.

More cups were then thrown at Luke Shaw later in the second half, before a flare was thrown on the pitch by Hungary supporters.

Bellingham is said to have been racially abused when he was warming up on the touchline. The young Borussia Dortmund midfielder was an unused sub on the night, with Jordan Henderson, Bukayo Saka and Jesse Lingard getting the nod from the bench.

Sterling gave England the lead in the 55th minute of the game, slipping a Mason Mount cross into the bottom corner of the net. The lead was then added to by Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and then Declan Rice.

Sadly the racial abuse of Sterling and Bellingham is no surprise given Hungarian football's recent history. Hungary were recently ordered to play two games behind closed doors due to racist and homophobic chanting during all three of their Euro 2020 group games.


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