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England-Hungary: World Cup qualifiers marred by mob violence and “aggravated racial offense”

During the first half of Tuesday’s game, which ended 1-1, footage released showed Hungarian fans clashing with stewards and police at Wembley Stadium.

“Shortly after the start of the match, police entered the grandstand to arrest a spectator for a racially aggravated public order offense in connection with comments directed at a flight attendant,” Metropolitan Police said. London in a statement to CNN.

“As the officers proceeded with the arrest, minor disturbances erupted involving other bystanders… Order was quickly restored and there have been no further incidents at this point.”

Images on social media also showed police retreating from the stands as they took on supporters, while fans were also seen holding a banner protesting England players kneeling ahead of the game – a constant gesture in football to denounce racism and discrimination.

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Meanwhile, Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier between Albania and Poland in Tirana was put on hold in the 77th minute after bottles were thrown at Polish players shortly after the team scored in the second half.

According to Reuters, a post-match interview with Karol Swiderski, whose goal gave Poland a 1-0 victory, was also cut short because bottles were thrown at him.

FIFA, the world’s soccer governing body, said it is currently analyzing reports from last night’s matches.

He told CNN in a statement: “FIFA strongly condemns the England v. Hungary and Albania v. Poland incidents and wishes to state that its position remains firm and resolute in rejecting any form of violence as well as any form of discrimination or discrimination. ‘abuse. FIFA has a very clear zero tolerance position against such heinous behavior in football. “

England-Hungary: World Cup qualifiers marred by mob violence and “aggravated racial offense”
Last month, the Hungarian Football Association were ordered to play their next FIFA-sanctioned home match without supporters and were fined “substantial” for racist behavior by supporters in a qualifying match for the World Cup against England.
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Apart from racism, the sanctions also affected supporters who threw objects, lit fireworks and blocked stairs.

UEFA, the governing body of European football, has also ordered Hungary to play its next three UEFA-sanctioned home games behind closed doors after discriminatory behavior by fans at Euro 2020.

CNN has contacted UEFA regarding the behavior of the fans in Tuesday’s games.