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England versus Hungary: riots between Hungarian fans and police in Wembley


Another annoyance for Hungarian football fans: They clashed with the police at the World Cup qualifying game in England. The trigger was apparently the arrest of a man for racist insults.

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Hungarian fans clash with police at Wembley


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There were clashes between Hungarian fans and the police during the World Cup qualifier between England and Hungary.

Photos showed how emergency services clashed with visiting fans in the stands at London's Wembley Stadium in the early stages of the game on Tuesday evening.

The police used batons against the audience, as the BBC reported.

The background to the riots was that officials entered the stands shortly after the game started to arrest a spectator for a racist incident, the police said in a statement.

Accordingly, the man had previously racially insulted a stadium folder.

Thereupon there was unrest in which other viewers were involved.

But order was quickly restored.

Previously, individual Hungarian fans booed when the English national football team kneeled before kick-off as a sign against racism and the Hungarians pointed to the "Respect" label on their shirts.

There were already incidents at the first leg in Budapest in September: Hungarian fans racially insulted English players in Budapest, throwing objects, firing fireworks and blocking stairs.

Hungary's association was punished by Fifa with a home game in the World Cup qualifying without spectators.

Accordingly, the association is threatened with another ghost game if similar incidents occur again

England missed early World Cup qualification

The incidents overshadowed a point that Hungary took.

The English did not get beyond a 1-1 (1: 1) and missed the early qualification for the World Cup in Qatar.

Hungary took the lead through Roland Sallai from Freiburg (24th minute, penalty kick), while John Stones (37th) equalized in the first half.

Although the English had a high percentage of possession, they had few great opportunities.

With a win of their own and a loss of points for the Poles in the parallel game in Albania (1-0), the English would have had the World Cup qualifying two game days before the end.

But there was also anger for fans during the game in Tirana: After the Polish opening goal by Karol Swiderski (77th), the game was interrupted for around 20 minutes because the Polish players were thrown bottles.

hba / dpa / Reuters

Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2021-10-13

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