NAfter the clashes between Hungarian fans and the police during the World Cup qualifier between England and Hungary (1: 1), the English football association wants to investigate the incident and report it to the world governing body, FIFA. The Hungarian association is threatened with another punishment. Meanwhile, Hungary’s national coach Marco Rossi did not want to comment on the new incidents. “I don’t want to comment on this situation,” said the 57-year-old Italian: “It’s not my job. Everything I could say could be interpreted differently. “
In the early stages of the game on Tuesday evening at London’s Wembley Stadium, dozens of emergency services clashed with visiting fans in the stands. The police used batons against the spectators. Shortly after the game began, officials entered the stands to arrest a spectator for a racist incident, a police statement said. Thereupon there was unrest in which other viewers were involved. But order was quickly restored. “It sounds like it’s not acceptable, but I haven’t seen the details,” said England coach Gareth Southgate.
Whistles against England players
Before the kick-off, individual Hungarian fans booed when the English national team kneeled as a sign against racism and the Hungarians pointed to the “Respect” label on their shirts. The Three Lions were unimpressed by the whistles. “We were criticized for kneeling and we were passionate about sticking together,” said defender Tyrone Mings. “That supported us as a team. It doesn’t change when people hold up banners or disagree. “
In Budapest in September, Hungarian fans racially insulted English players, threw objects, fired fireworks and blocked stairs. Hungary’s national team had been punished by the world association FIFA with a home game in the World Cup qualifying without spectators. Accordingly, the association is threatened with another so-called ghost game, should similar incidents occur again. That could be the case now.
England missed out on Tuesday evening to secure at least playoff participation for the 2022 World Cup with a home win. The hosts were behind after a penalty from Freiburg’s Roland Sallai (24th). The equalizer was achieved by John Stones (37th).