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Hungary supporters clash with police at Wembley

By Sean Walsh
Fans and police clash in the stands
Fans and police clash in the stands / Julian Finney/GettyImages
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England's World Cup qualifier with Hungary at Wembley was marred by crowd trouble early into proceedings.

Police clashed with Hungary supporters in the stadium's designated away end mere minutes into the match.

Away fans displayed a banner with a message against England players taking the knee, booing them in the process and making gestures at home supporters. Shortly after kick off, altercations began between those travelling fans and police.

However, police and stewards were severely outnumbered by the charging Hungary supporters and were forced to retreat onto the concourse.

In a statement, Metropolitan Police said: "Shortly after the start of tonight's match at Wembley, officers entered the stand to arrest a spectator for a racially aggravated public order offence following comments made towards a steward.

"As the officers made the arrest, minor disorder broke out involving other spectators. Order was quickly restored and there have been no further incidents at this stage."

In the reverse fixture between these sides, Hungary fans racially abused England players and were subsequently forced to play a game behind closed doors. The Hungarian FA were also fined £158,000.

Hungary were also ordered to play their next three UEFA home games behind closed doors after incidents of racism and homophobia at Euro 2020.

Speaking after Hungary were sanctioned by FIFA for racial abuse, Kick It Out chief executive Tony Burnett said: “The Hungarian Football Federation was already serving a Uefa ban, so we know that punishments like this do not effectively deter fans who abused England players earlier in the month from repeating their behaviour.

“We need the footballing authorities to assume genuine responsibility for player safety, both from physical and discriminatory abuse. This means applying or duplicating sanctions that result from discrimination during competitions in other federations, as well as assessing the risk posed to players during games held in specific nations. For those countries that have proven unable to control fans’ appalling behaviour, excluding them from competing at major tournaments should not be off the table.”

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