Hungary vs England: 30,000 to attend 'behind-closed-doors' Nations League clash

Krishan Davis
England celebrate in front of the Hungary fans in September
England celebrate in front of the Hungary fans in September / MB Media/GettyImages

England's Nations League clash against Hungary in Budapest will be played in front of 30,000 home fans, despite the hosts serving a three-match spectator ban.

The Three Lions travel to face Hungary on Saturday in the opening match of their UEFA Nations League campaign.

The match had been due to be played behind closed doors after the Hungarians were handed a three-match spectator ban as a result of racist abuse by their supporters during Euro 2020 last year.

However, according to Sky Sports, a UEFA loophole means as many as tens of thousands of people are still expected to be in attendance. This is because an unlimited number of schoolchildren are still permitted to attend matches.

UEFA's Disciplinary Procedures for behind-closed-doors matches dictate that only 175 people can be in attendance, including the players and 120 special guests attached to the away team.

However, the rules state that state that "children under the age of 14 from schools and/or football academies can be invited to the match free of charge." Every ten children can also be accompanied by one adult.

The report adds that the Hungarian FA has received more than 30,000 registrations for free tickets for the match, with more expected before the encounter on Saturday afternoon.

England's players have suffered racist abuse at Budapest's Puskas Arena in the recent past. Hungary were handed a further two-game spectator ban by FIFA following a World Cup qualifier in September last year.