England players were booed by Hungary fans when taking a knee before their Nations League opener in Budapest, despite the hosts being forced to play the game behind closed doors due to racist abuse from the stands.
UEFA imposed a spectator ban after the previous behaviour of Hungary fans during Euro 2020 matches staged in the country last summer. However, in excess of 30,000 – mostly children – were allowed inside the Puskas Arena on Saturday evening as UEFA rules allow for an unlimited number of U14s to attend games behind closed doors.
The national anthems of both countries were respected as the players made their way out onto the pitch, but jeers appeared to be audible from the crowd when England took a knee before kick-off in what is their first visit to the stadium since being racially abused during their 4-0 World Cup qualifying win in September.
However, UEFA will not punish Hungary for booing the act of taking a knee, as it is not against their rules.
Many people took to Twitter to give their view on the booing…
Hungary forced to play behind closed doors because of racist abuse. But a loophole allows them to have 42,000 schoolchildren, a start to educate fans from a young age. Cue 42,000 schoolchildren booing the England team as they take the knee 🤣🤣🤣🤣— Bob (@d99088348) June 4, 2022
#Ch4 #Eng this idiot female commentator questioning kids in Hungary booing England taking the knee. Good, it’s absolute nonsense it’s a game of football you silly douchebag, why don’t you take the knee in ur pretty white suit 😂— Castor Troy (@virgil_lantey) June 4, 2022