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FA plan to stick to ticketing policy for Albania qualifier at Wembley next month despite Hungary’s problems

FA plans to stick to its away fan ticketing policy ahead of next month’s game against Albania, despite crowd problems in Tuesday’s game against Hungary.

The match at Wembley was marred by chaos as Hungarian fans clashed with police, resulting in six arrests.

Concerns have been expressed about the makeup of the 700 away supporters, some of those involved in the trouble are believed to be Polish supporters.

When asked why it was so easy for Polish fans, or anyone else, to buy tickets away from home, a spokesperson for the Hungarian Football Association (HFF) said : “It’s really a question for the English federation. We have just been provided with a link.

The FA has no plans to change its policy of offering a web link sales service to visiting federations.

In agreement with the HFF, they facilitated the sale of tickets to supporters wishing to attend Tuesday’s game. Due to the quarantine rules, only 150 fans could travel from Hungary and the vast majority were based in the UK. The FA does not screen supporters for matches at Wembley.

The FA are hopeful that there will be no problem in the November 12 World Cup qualifier against Albania, whose game against Poland in Tirana on Tuesday was put on hold for 20 minutes after their fans threw bottles on the ground. FIFA is investigating this incident.

The FA are also bracing for the prospect of England having to play behind closed doors, with their disciplinary hearing over the issues in the Euro 2020 final set to take place on Monday.

July’s centerpiece at Wembley was marred by crowd problems as hundreds of ticketless fans burst into the ground for the England-Italy game. UEFA has since investigated and a hearing is scheduled to take place on Monday, the outcome of which will be revealed later today or Tuesday.

The FA face the prospect of England having to play behind closed doors as a punishment.

Any stadium ban would only affect UEFA matches, with the next round of matches due to be Nations League matches in June.