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England players booed for taking knee in ‘behind closed doors’ clash with Hungary

The England players were booed from parts of the Puskas Arena as they took the knee ahead of their Nations League game against Hungary on Saturday.

The match in Budapest was officially classified as a game behind closed doors as punishment for the “racist and discriminatory” behavior of Hungarian fans at Euro 2020.

Under UEFA rules, however, the Hungarian FA were able to invite school children, accompanied by a few adults, to the game with a crowd of 35,000 in attendance at the 67,000 capacity stadium.

As has been customary since football returned from its Covid lockdown in 2020, the England players took the knee before kick-off in a show of solidarity against all forms of racism and discrimination and the gesture was greeted by boos from parts of the crowd.

The incident will likely lead to scrutiny of UEFA’s rules regarding games behind closed doors.

England manager Gareth Southgate admitted before the match that he was “surprised” at the number of fans who would be in attendance.

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