“Incomprehensible”, “disappointing”: Ireland national coach Stephen Kenny (49) sharply condemned the whistles against his team from Hungarian fans.
“It doesn’t shed much light on Hungary,” Kenny said after a 0-0 draw at the European Championship Friendly in Budapest. Irish players kneel in front of the game as a sign of anti-racism.
“I think this is a very important message,” Kenny said. The idea came from the team: “This is an important position and I recommend adopting that position.” Definitely “disappointing” “The whole stadium comforted us”. “We didn’t expect that,” Kenny said. 7396 spectators watched the game.
Although Ireland failed to qualify for the upcoming European Championships, Hungary will face the German team in Group F. Next Tuesday (6 pm / ZDF, MagentaSport) the Magiars start the Pan-European tournament against defending champions Portugal at the local Puskas-Arena. The battle with the DFB selection in Munich will continue on June 23.
Previously, fan reactions to the English national team’s knee had caused a stir. Their supporters exploited the Three Lions before they won 1-0 in the EM dress rehearsal against Romania in Middlesbrough last Sunday. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has refused to support the team in its knee-jerk protest against racism.
Team manager Gareth Southgate has already announced that the team will continue its solidarity work with the “Black Lives Matter” movement. “The most important thing for our players is that they all share this conviction. We support everyone,” the coach said last time.