Hungary fans banned from Poland qualifier after Wembley trouble

The Metropolitan Police said there was “minor disorder” from the away fans at the match on October 12th
Hungary fans banned from Poland qualifier after Wembley trouble

By Jamie Gardner, PA Chief Sports Reporter

Hungary fans will be barred from attending the country’s final World Cup qualifier away to Poland on November 15th after clashes with the police during the match against England at Wembley last month.

The Metropolitan Police said there was “minor disorder” from the away fans at the match on October 12th after officers entered the stand to arrest an individual for what was described as a racially-aggravated public order offence.

A document published by FIFA on Monday confirmed supporters would be banned from one away match as a result of the improper conduct, with the Hungarian federation also fined 75,000 Swiss francs (€71,000).

Hungarian fans aimed racist abuse at England's Jude Bellingham, pictured, and his team-mate Raheem Sterling during the qualifying match in Budapest on September 2
Hungarian fans aimed racist abuse at England’s Jude Bellingham, pictured, and his team-mate Raheem Sterling during the qualifying match in Budapest on September 2 (Nick Potts/PA)

FIFA confirmed the opening of disciplinary proceedings the day after the match, and said in a statement at the time that it “strongly condemned” the disorder at Wembley.

On September 21st FIFA’s disciplinary committee had ordered Hungary to play two home FIFA competition matches behind closed doors, with one suspended, over the racist abuse directed towards England players Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham during the qualifier in Budapest on September 2nd.

The federation was fined 200,000 Swiss francs in relation to that incident.

Hungary had to play their home qualifier against Albania on October 9th behind closed doors.

In July, European football’s governing body UEFA imposed a two-match stadium ban on the Hungarian federation following an investigation into the behaviour of their supporters during Euro 2020 matches in Budapest and Munich.

The clash between police and Hungary fans at Wembley followed an arrest for a racially-aggravated public order offence
The clash between police and Hungary fans at Wembley followed an arrest for a racially-aggravated public order offence (Nick Potts/PA)

That sanction will apply to their next UEFA competition matches, which will be in the Nations League starting in June next year.

Meanwhile England’s next opponents, Albania, must play their final qualifier at home to Andorra on November 15th behind closed doors after disturbances during their home game against Poland, also on October 12th.

The match in Tirana was temporarily suspended after bottles were thrown on to the pitch following a Karol Swiderski goal for Poland in the 77th minute.

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