Updated on 06/05/2022 at 12:12 p.m
- England lost the dress rehearsal for the duel against Germany on Tuesday in Munich in Hungary 0-1.
- Again, there were scandalous circumstances.
Another spectator scandal in Budapest, annoyance about the unpleasant events in the English team after the botched dress rehearsal of the Three Lions for the upcoming showdown with Germany: Loud boos and whistles accompanied the obligatory kneeling of the English national players before the Nations League duel in Hungary ( 0:1) in the Puskas Stadium – although only school children with accompanying persons were allowed among the 30,000 spectators.
A loophole in the regulations made the presence of the Hungarian spectators possible at all, because the game was actually supposed to be played as a ghost game.
Englishmen get on their knees – and are booed by Hungarian children
“We also get on our knees to educate people in the world and raise awareness. The children can’t know why we’re doing this, but they seem to be influenced by the adults,” commented England team manager Gareth Southgate on the circumstances with the Hungarians, whose fans had repeatedly attracted negative attention with homophobic and racist behavior since last year.
“I have no idea why people are booing such a gesture,” the coach said with incomprehension at Channel 4. Defender Conor Coady said: “It’s extremely disappointing. It’s important that people understand why we’re doing it. Like this We don’t want to experience anything like today, but we want to pass the message on.”
Due to racist insults at the EURO last year, the Hungarian association was sentenced to three ghost games. A ghost game was suspended for two years on probation.
Multiple racist insults by Hungarian fans
In the summer of 2021, Hungarian fans made homophobic and racist comments both in the group matches in Budapest against Portugal and France and in Munich against Germany. The Three Lions team made a clear statement, Southgate said on Saturday, “everyone knows what we believe in and what we stand for.”
The world association FIFA also sentenced Hungary to two ghost games at FIFA level and a fine of 200,000 Swiss francs (185,000 euros) last September after discriminatory statements by its supporters against English national players. The second game is suspended for two years on probation.
Jude Bellingham, professional from Borussia Dortmund, and star striker Raheem Sterling from Manchester City were mocked with monkey noises during the English team’s victory in the World Cup qualifier (4-0) in Budapest on September 2, 2021, and there were also people in the Puskas Arena Beer mugs and flares flown onto the field. The FIFA Disciplinary Committee had described the racist incidents as “disgusting behavior” and condemned them in the strongest possible terms.
England urges Germany to make amends
In terms of sport, the performance of the English in Budapest was disappointing, on Tuesday (8.45 p.m. / ZDF) they will face four-time World Cup champion Germany in Munich.
“It’s been a very long season, the heat was definitely a factor and it took a lot out of the players,” said Southgate. Leipzig’s Dominik Szoboszlai (66th, penalty kick) scored the winning goal for Hungary, who won against England for the first time since 1962.
However, the English coach also made it clear that the European runners-up’ claim is different: “If we count ourselves among the top teams in football, then we have to come to Hungary and win.” In Munich there should be a reparation. (hub/afp/sid)
Christian Eriksen’s collapse during the second game of the EURO 2021 finals shocked the football world. A year later, the Dane is back on the pitch, playing games in the Nations League with his colleagues. The 30-year-old, who is able to remain a high-performance athlete despite the use of a defibrillator, looks back on the past few months full of gratitude.
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