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World Cup qualifiers marred by crowd trouble: Hungary fans fight with police at Wembley

In Summary

Fan trouble was witnessed in Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifying games in Tirana, Albania and at Wembley Stadium in London.

Poland’s Group I game in Albania was temporarily suspended after the home crowd started throwing objects at the Polish players who were celebrating after scoring a goal.

The match was interrupted in the 77th minute soon after striker Karol Swiderski gave the visitors a 1-0 lead as plastic drinks bottles started raining down from the stands and onto the field. Before the unfortunate occurrence, midfielder Piotr Zielinski was also targeted with an object from the crowd.

Plastic bottles thrown onto the pitch in Poland’s game against Albania. PHOTO/COURTESY

Players left the pitch for more than 20 minutes following the incident and after resumption, Poland held on for the slim win. An interview with the scorer after fulltime whistle was cut short as Poland manager Jakub Kwiatkowski encouraged him to leave as bottles were being thrown at him.

With this win, they are now 3 points off leaders England in the race to reach the showdown in Qatar.

Fan arrested in Wembley crowd unrest

The clash between England and Hungary also had its fair share of fan trouble when the two sides met with England seeking to secure their place in next year’s World Cup.

Crowd unrest in Wembley stadium. PHOTO/COURTESY

Hungary supporters booed the home side taking a knee, held up a banner against the gesture for equality, fought with police in the stands and released a flare when they scored. An arrest was made for a racially aggravated public order offence for comments towards a steward.

1-1 was the final score which means England now have to win their next group game against Albania to automatically qualify for the global showpiece in Qatar.

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