Hungary fans blast England stars for taking the knee by holding up banner

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Hungary fans held up a banner condemning England players for taking the knee and also booed the gesture ahead of the World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

The visiting supporters hauled out the homemade sign as part of their protests against the anti-racism message before kick-off.

Their players opted to point to the 'Respect' badge on their shirts instead of joining their opponents in taking the knee.

Journalist Jack Rosser tweeted: "Hungary fans have jeered England players taking a knee, held up a banner objecting against it and now charged the police in the away end."

Crowd trouble ensued shortly after the game got underway.

It in unclear whether the two events are linked but Hungary fans clashed with police in the away end who had to retreat back down the turnstile as they became overrun.

Punches were thrown by the Hungarian supporters and despite using their batons, the police were forced back.

Presenter Mark Pougatch said there were reports before the game that there would be more police in attendance, but he questioned if they were still under-staffed.

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According to people there, England fans were chanting towards the visiting support.

Henry Winter tweeted: "'You racist b***ards, you know what you are,' many, many England fans to Hungary."

ITV commentators described "crowd trouble" in the away end in the early going of the match but those watching at home didn't see any images until half-time.

Despite retreating, it seems the issues were resolved by the police not too long after.

  • World Cup
  • England Football Team

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