Several Hungarian supporters have been given a two-year stadium ban after incidents involving police on Tuesday during the 2022 World Cup qualifier against England, the Hungarian Football Federation announced.
“Several persons identified on the spot by security agents were banned from attending sporting events for two years, as provided for by law,” said Jeno Sipos, spokesman for the Hungarian federation, without revealing how many people are involved. .
Shortly after kick-off, incidents broke out between a group of about 1,000 Hungarian supporters, who had gathered in a corner of the stadium. Dozens of them attacked local stewards, who were forced to leave until police arrived with mates.
Tensions continued to rise after the police had to intervene after a Hungarian supporter shouted racist statements at a flight attendant. It took police several minutes to bring the situation under complete control.
According to Sipos, an investigation is underway to identify more perpetrators who could not be identified on the spot.
In September, when England beat Hungary in Budapest, the match was already spoiled by racist chants against the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham. Projectiles were also launched at English players.
The Hungarian squad was then ordered by FIFA to play two home games behind closed doors, without supporters. (Belgian)