In the previous meeting, the English players were racistly attacked by Hungarian football fans.
So the Hungarians are required to play two matches at home without fans, although children under 14 are allowed tonight.
But when the English knelt at Puskas Arena before tonight’s Nations League game kicks off, more than 30,000 people in the stadium booed.
“Given the penalty, it’s hard to understand that the stadium was half full,” England coach Gareth Southgate admitted to British media after the match.
“In the beginning, when we got to the stadium, the atmosphere was very good. The children waved to us when we went out to warm up. When our players knelt, the mood completely changed.”
“I think this has something to do with upbringing. Children and young adults are under the influence of adults and learn certain behaviors from them. I have no idea why some people don’t appreciate this gesture and young people often don’t know what they are doing, because they are influenced by adults.”
“We’re just doing this in an effort to educate. Everyone knows what we believe in and what we stand for. We will continue to do that.”
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