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England players heavily booed after taking a knee before their World Cup qualifier against Hungary in Budapest after fixture was placed on FIFA's 'red list' due to a high risk of racist and homophobic abuse

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England's players were heavily booed as they took a knee before their World Cup qualifier with Hungary.

Gareth Southgate's men confirmed they would make the anti-racism gesture in Budapest, despite expecting a back-lash from home supporters.  

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Kalvin Phillips told journalists before the game the players will 'carry on taking the knee because it's important for us, important for our country and to fight racial abuse'.

This is not the first time Hungary supporters have booed opposition players taking the knee. Irish players were severely abused when they made the anti-racism gesture before a friendly in Budapest in June. 

The action of fans was then enthusiastically endorsed by Hungary’s president, Victor Orban. 

Thursday's fixture was placed on FIFA's 'red list' following previous discriminatory behaviour from Hungarian fans and observers have been sent to the match to film any abuse.  

England's players were heavily booed as they took a knee before their World Cup qualifier with Hungary

England's players were heavily booed as they took a knee before their World Cup qualifier with Hungary

Hungary also had issues during Euro 2020, with homophobic chanting at each of their group games involving France,

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