UK MP Disturbed By Football's 'racism Problem' After Violent Hungary Clashes
Zeeshan Mehtab 2 days ago Wed 13th October 2021 | 03:14 PM
A senior member of the UK's governing Conservative Party said football has a racism problem after Hungary fans were involved in violent clashes with police during a World Cup qualifier with England at Wembley
London, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Oct, 2021 ) :A senior member of the UK's governing Conservative Party said football has a racism problem after Hungary fans were involved in violent clashes with police during a World Cup qualifier with England at Wembley.
Footage showed police being forced back by a mob of around 1,000 travelling fans.
Conservative Party co-chairman and former sports secretary Oliver Dowden described the incidents as "deeply disturbing".
Fighting continued for several minutes before riot police finally restored order in the stands and the stadium concourse.
Hungary supporters also booed when England players took the knee before kick-off and held up a banner protesting against the anti-racism gesture.
"There's clearly still an underlying problem with racism in football." FIFA said in a statement it will analyse reports of the disorder both at Wembley and Poland's 1-0 win in Albania, which was held up for 20 minutes due to objects being thrown at the Polish players in Tirana.
In a statement, world football's governing body said: "FIFA strongly condemns the incidents at England v Hungary and Albania v 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.
Missiles were also thrown at England's players at the Puskas Arena.
Hungary were ordered to play two home FIFA competition matches behind closed doors, one suspended for two years, following the racist behaviour.
UEFA had already told Hungary to play two games behind closed doors following racist abuse from supporters and homophobic banners in the stands during their Euro 2020 matches in Budapest. A third match was also suspended for two years.
"Every time we speak on racial abuse the punishments that follow never seem in line with what has happened," said England defender Tyrone Mings.
"I sincerely hope that if that is the case, the punishments fall in line with what happened this time." The FA said they would report the incident to FIFA and launch an investigation of their own.
Thousands of fans managed to break through Wembley's under-staffed security cordon before the final, while drunken supporters caused havoc outside the stadium hours before kick-off.