FIFA launches investigation after visiting fans clash with police at England vs. Hungary World cup qualifier


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World football’s governing body FIFA has launched an investigation into crowd trouble that marred England’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary at Wembley Stadium yesterday.

Hungary supporters fought with police inside the ground during the match — which ended in a 1-1 draw — after officers had entered the away end of Wembley Stadium to make an arrest following a “racially aggravated public order offence”, according to London’s Metropolitan Police. Fans were shown hitting security personnel and jumping over security barriers, driving police back into the concourse as they attempted to enter the stadium.

England players were also booed when they took the knee by fans in the away end, who numbered less than 1,000.

It was not the only European qualifier marred by crowd trouble. In Tirana the World Cup qualifier between Albania and Poland was suspended for 20 minutes after visiting players were pelted with plastic bottles as they celebrated Karol Swiderski’s winning goal. 

“FIFA is currently analysing reports of last night’s FIFA World Cup qualifier matches in order to determine the most appropriate action,” a statement said. “FIFA strongly condemns the incidents at England vs. Hungary and Albania vs. Poland and would like to state that its position remains firm and resolute in rejecting any form of violence as well as any form of discrimination or abuse.

“FIFA has a very clear zero-tolerance stance against such abhorrent behavior in football.”

Hungary were ordered to play two home matches behind closed doors following their home qualifier against England last month, in which visiting players were racially abused and pelted with missiles and a…

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