FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings after crowd disturbances in England-Hungary clash
Posted On October 13, 2021
Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings over the unrest which marred England’s qualifying match against Hungary on Tuesday night, and the scenes of violence during the Albania-Poland match in the same group.
Hungarian supporters clashed with police at Wembley after officers entered the grandstand to arrest an individual for open race-aggravated public order in connection with comments to a flight attendant.
The Metropolitan Police described what happened as a “minor disturbance”.
The Albania v Poland match 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 the analysis of the match reports, Fifa has initiated disciplinary proceedings regarding the FIFA World Cup qualifying matches between England and England. Hungary and Albania against Poland.
“Once again, Fifa strongly condemns the incidents that occurred during the two matches and wishes to declare 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 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 singled out for singing 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.