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England players Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham subjected to racial abuse by Hungary fans

England players were targeted by racist abuse from the stands during their World Cup qualifier against Hungary in Budapest on Thursday night - after fears the game could be abandoned if it was marred by ugly scenes.

Both Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were the subjects of monkey chants aimed from the home support behind home goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi's goal in the second half.

Sterling and his team-mates were also pelted with plastic cups after the Manchester City striker celebrated his opener in the second half at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium.

The match had been place on a 'red list' by FIFA due to a high risk of racist and homophobic abuse following conduct by Hungary supporters during their Euro 2020 campaign this summer, which saw the team handed a three-match stadium ban by UEFA after incidents against France and Portugal.

The third game of the ban is suspended for a probationary period of two years, with Hungary also instructed to display a banner promoting equality at future matches.

In addition, the Hungarian Football Federation was given a £85,500 fine for the number of fan infringements.

However, Hungary were able to play in front of 67,000 spectators at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest against the Three Lions because they were playing in a competition run by FIFA.

It is not the first time England players have been racially abused in relation to an international game. The team famously threatened to walk off the pitch during a clash against Montenegro in 2019 following persistent vile chanting aimed at Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose.

And after their Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy on penalties, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were all sent racist messages on social media after missing crucial spot kicks.

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