Polish hooligans teamed up with Hungary fans in Wembley last night as they fought against the Metropolitan police during England’s World Cup qualifier match.
Six people were arrested following the chaos, including one fan accused of racially abusing a Wembley steward, which was said to have sparked the violence.
Two more were detained inside the arena on suspicion of affray and assault on an emergency worker.
Meanwhile outside or on the concourse, one was arrested for affray, another for being drunk and disorderly and one more was taken in on suspicion of voyeurism.
Footage has emerged from the fights against police, where some supporters can be seen in Polish colours, including one wearing a black top with the LKS Lodz logo – a top flight Polish football team.
The Football Association and police now have a decision to make ahead of Albania’s visit to play England next month after officers were overwhelmed by the black-clad ultras in the away end.
Officers were overwhelmed by black-clad ultras – some wearing skeleton balaclavas – following violent clashes in the away end of the stadium
Shocking footage shows the Met fleeing as thug clambered over seats and each other to try to swing punches at policemen
Riot police attempt to push back Hungary fans who were climbing over seats at Wembley in shocking scenes on Tuesday
An officer uses his baton to hit out and force away Hungary fans, who fought back against the police inside the stadium
The ugly scenes in the stands at Wembley occurred during the early stages of the latest qualifier for the 2022 World Cup
Some Hungarian fans could be seen throwing punches at police officers, who hit out with batons
Trouble started after England’s players took the knee before kick-off in a gesture against racism – and in the Hungarian section of the crowd there was a banner protesting against the act of taking the knee, seen here behind England captain Harry Kane
The Hungarian fan who was holding the banner protesting against taking the knee can be seen in this picture
Responding to last night’s violence police said there was an increase in officers outside Wembley and the FA said it had included additional measures to deal with more flashpoints – despite fewer than 1,000 tickets being sold to Hungary fans.
Officers sprinted out of the exits and on to the concourse but were closely tracked by some of the vicious away supporters.
The scenes, watched by thousands at home and in the stadium, brings into question why the Met were not more prepared.
Police presence at Wembley has been under scrutiny since 5,000 ticketless England fans reportedly broke into Wembley stadium at the Euro 2020 Final in July.
According to the Telegraph, Hungarian safety sources said it is ‘very normal’ for Polish and Hungarian supporters to join forces at games, especially against western-European opposition.
The Metropolitan police said: ‘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.’
A wall of police stand firm with batons raised to block the Hungarian supporters from exiting the stands
Hungarian fans set off a flare and chant raucously in the away end during the World Cup qualifier against England
Some of the Hungarian supporters were barely visible for a time amid the haze of smoke from the flare
The violence appeared to spill down into the stadium concourse as some police were forced back during the early fighting
Hungary fans’ latest aggression, along with their disregard for the authorities’ previous attempts to punish them, is set to land them in more hot water with governing bodies.
They were ordered to play last week’s World Cup qualifier against Albania at the Puskas Arena behind closed doors and pay a £158,000 fine for their racist abuse aimed at England players last month.
As part of their punishment, a second game was suspended for a period of two years.
A section of their supporters targeted Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham with monkey chants during that game on September 2.
Sterling and other England players were also pelted with cups from the stands as they celebrated his opening goal.
In July, Hungary were also ordered to play their next three UEFA matches behind closed doors after incidents of racism and homophobia at Euro 2020. One of those games was also suspended for two years.
But the World Cup qualifiers do not count among those games because they come under the jurisdiction of FIFA.
English football remains under scrutiny too, with this incident following the shocking scenes during the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy, when hundreds of ticketless fans stormed the stadium to watch the match.
That led to concerns that the FA, Wembley and Metropolitan police had not done enough to stage the match safely, and this latest incident will see further questions raised over security at Wembley.
Hungarian fans were celebrating shortly after the violent scenes when Roland Sallai scored from the penalty spot
Raheem Sterling was subjected to racist abuse after he scored when the two sides met in Budapest last month
Hungarian fans threw cups at the celebrating England players after Sterling scored in a dominant 4-0 victory
Source: Daily Mail UK