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Fifa opens disciplinary hearings on England vs Hungary after away arrest

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ifa has opened disciplinary proceedings to investigate the crowd unrest at two of the European World Cup qualifiers last night, including England’s encounter with Hungary at Wembley.

Police clashed with supporters as they entered the podium to arrest an individual for an alleged racist abuse incident directed as a flight attendant, with television footage showing officers using batons to attempt to restrain the woman. crowd, before being forced to back down. in a stairwell.

Elsewhere in the same qualifying group, the match between Albania and Poland in Tirana has been temporarily suspended. Bottles were thrown onto the pitch after Karol Swiderski scored for Poland in the 77th minute.

The world football governing body said in a statement: “Following analysis of the match reports, FIFA has initiated disciplinary proceedings regarding the FIFA World Cup qualifying matches between England and Hungary and Albania against Poland.

“Once again, FIFA strongly condemns the incidents that occurred during the two matches and wishes to state that its position remains firm and resolute in rejecting all forms of violence as well as all forms of discrimination or abuse. FIFA has a very clear zero tolerance position against such heinous behavior in football. “

Hungary have been ordered to play two games behind closed doors, including one with a two-year suspension, due to racist behavior by their supporters in the England qualifier in Budapest last month.

Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were targeted with monkey chants in the September 2 game, which England won 4-0.

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

Additional reports by PA.

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