Met Police issue statement on Hungary fan trouble at Wembley 2 weeks ago

Met Police issue statement on Hungary fan trouble at Wembley

The trouble was related to a comment made to a steward

A statement from the Metropolitan Police has explained that crowd trouble amongst Hungary fans at Wembley on Tuesday broke out when officers attempted to arrest a spectator for a racially aggravated public order offence.

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Cameras inside Wembley picked up on fighting within the away end during the early minutes of the World Cup qualifier between England and Hungary.

Footage appeared to show police officers with batons being forced back down some steps as supporters were seen throwing punches in their direction. The trouble quickly died down and the game was able to continue without disruption.

A short statement from the Met soon followed, explaining that a comment made towards a steward had triggered "minor disorder".

"Shortly after the start of tonight's match at Wembley, officers entered the stand to arrest a spectator for a racially aggravated public order offence following comments made towards a steward.

"As the officers made the arrest, minor disorder broke out involving other spectators. Order was quickly restored and there have been no further incidents at this stage."

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The game at Wembley comes just a month after the last meeting between the two sides in the corresponding qualifier in Budapest. Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were subjected to whistles and monkey chants during the Three Lions' 4-0 win at the Puskas Arena that night.

Hungary had previously been ordered by UEFA to play two games behind closed doors after multiple incidents of racist and homophobic chanting during the European Championships, but were allowed to have spectators for the game against England as the game was under FIFA - not UEFA - jurisdiction.

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