Around 800 Hungarian fans traveled to London for the World Cup qualifier with England and fighting broke out minutes after the game kicked off at Wembley Stadium.
Hungarian fans clashed with police as fighting broke out outside Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.
Around 800 Hungarian fans traveled to London for the World Cup qualifier with England.
According to the Metropolitan Police, a fight broke out when officers entered the stand to arrest a suspect after a racist comment was made towards a steward.
As the situation spiraled out of control, more riot police intervened with raised batons in an attempt to break up the fight.
Boos could be heard coming from home supporters as punches were thrown, forcing the officers back down the stairs.
Eventually, the situation was brought under control as play continued amid chaos.
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John Murray, commenting for BBC Radio 5 Live, said: “Punches are being thrown. It’s really terrible.
“The stewards seem to be pushed back.
“Dozens of Hungarian fans seem to be forcing them back. They are outnumbered.
“There’s a real confrontation. It’s just not settling. It’s a real fight. These are disturbing scenes.”
Later in the match, after Hungary took the lead from the penalty spot, a flare was left outside.
Once the situation was under control, Murray added: “I think things are starting to calm down. There are a lot of stewards or police there, but the fans in this stand have now focused their attention on the game and are supporting their team.”
A tweet from the Met Police 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.”
A statement from the FA added: “We are aware of an incident in the away section during tonight’s FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier at Wembley Stadium. We will investigate and report the incident to FIFA. “
The incident comes after Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were racially abused during the second leg in Hungary last month.
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The English pair were whistled and monkey-singed in England’s 4-0 away win at the Ferenc Puskas Arena.
There was anger and bewilderment ahead of the contest as the match was allowed to continue despite UEFA punishing the Hungarians with a stadium ban.
The European Football Directorate has ordered the Hungarian team to play two UEFA matches behind closed doors after a series of racist and homophobic incidents during the European Championships.