Gareth Southgate has praised teenager Jude Bellingham for his reaction to racist abuse from a certain section of Hungary supporters. England’s 4-0 win over Hungary was dominated by the racial abuse suffered by the England players. Raheem Sterling was subjected to monkey chants whenever he touched the ball. England boss Southgate said the abuse was unacceptable when informed about it after the game. Jude Bellingham was seen laughing at the abuse directed at him before the game.
“I can only go on what you’re telling me and if that’s the case then it’s not acceptable.” England manager Gareth Southgate said about the reaction of Jude Bellingham to the racial abuse. “We weren’t conscious of it on the side. I don’t know if the players on the pitch were. But everyone knows what we’ve spoken about for two or three years. They know what we stand for as a team and we have to hope we can continue to eradicate racism not only in football but from life in general.”
“[Bellingham] shouldn’t have to suffer that,” he added. “It’s fantastic from him that he’s shown that maturity and I know our security guys have spoken to him since the game to get his account of that. We don’t want to see it. Everyone knows it’s not acceptable. He’s shown great maturity in how he’s dealt with it. [FIFA] have taken this fixture really seriously, they’re taking accounts on everything. I’m not really across all of the process of that [whether the FA would make a complaint]. I’m sure [FIFA] will gather evidence from different sources.”
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