Hungarian fans clash with police after ‘racially aggravated’ offense during game against England at Wembley


Fights broke out between Hungarian fans and police during the World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley on Tuesday.

Police and stewards gathered around one of the grandstand entrances as they clashed with fans, who pushed down the stairs and managed to hold off security forces.

Footage emerged of police using batons as fans rushed towards them.

What was said?

The Metropolitan Police issued a statement on Twitter about the incident, saying it started when they tried to arrest a spectator for a racist incident.

It read: “Shortly after the start of tonight’s game at Wembley, officers entered the stand to arrest a spectator for a racially aggravated public order offense following comments made to a steward .

“As the officers made the arrest, minor disturbances broke out involving other onlookers. Order was quickly restored and there have been no further incidents at this stage.”

The Football Association (FA), meanwhile, has promised to investigate.

A statement read: “We are aware of an incident in the away section during tonight’s FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifiers at Wembley Stadium. We will investigate and report the incident to FIFA.”

More problems between Hungary and England

The Metropolitan Police stepped up their presence ahead of the game on Tuesday in anticipation of possible clashes between supporters, when less than 1,000 Hungarian fans were expected.

The FA also have robust procedures in place to deal with issues following previous issues with Hungarian fans.

London Police, Hungary Fans, Wembley

The match between the two teams in Budapest last month was marred by racist chants aimed at Three Lions duo Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham. Objects were also thrown at the players in this game and a flare was thrown onto the pitch.

As a result of these chants, Hungary were ordered by FIFA to play two home games in an empty stadium and were fined.

Hungary have also been punished by UEFA after their fans were accused of racism and homophobia during Euro 2020.

European football’s governing body has ordered them to play three matches behind closed doors, although the ban does not apply to World Cup qualifying matches.

What happened in the game?

Hungary took the lead at Wembley after 24 minutes when Roland Sallai converted a penalty.

John Stones then brought Gareth Southgate’s side level in the 37th minute to make it 1-1 at half-time.

The teams went into a scoreless second half as England maintained their Group I unbeaten record.

The Three Lions are now five points clear of Albania, who are one game behind, while Hungary are fourth with 11 points from eight matches.

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