Qatar 2022 Qualifier: Hungary fans, police clash inside Wembley stadium
Fans of Hungary’s senior male national football team clashed with the police at Wembley Stadium in London at the start of Tuesday’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against England.
Last month’s meeting between the sides in Budapest was marred by monkey chants aimed at Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham.
FIFA ordered Hungary to play two home FIFA competition matches behind closed doors, one suspended for two years, following racist behaviour by supporters.
The fanbase was again under scrutiny in London, with the travelling supporters booing as England players took the knee before kick-off.
Clashes then broke out in the away section, with police seemingly using batons in an attempt to control the crowd before appearing to be forced into the concourse.
Police said the “minor disorder” came after officers attempted to arrest a spectator for racially abusing a steward.
“Shortly after the start of the match, officers entered the stand to arrest a spectator for a racially aggravated public order offence in relation to comments directed towards a steward,” said a Metropolitan Police statement. “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.”
The match later ended 1-1.
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