Fan unrest at 2 World Cup qualifiers
Crowd trouble marred World Cup qualifiers as Hungary fans clashed with police during a 1-1 draw against England at Wembley Stadium in London and Poland’s players walked off in Albania after bottles were hurled in another Group I match on Tuesday. Karol Świderski had just scored for Poland in the 77th minutes when he was struck by a bottle thrown from the stands. It led to the game being suspended for around 20 minutes before Poland returned to the field and held on to win 1-0. The disorder in London happened around kickoff after home players taking a knee to protest racism had been booed by the visiting fans. “Officers entered the stand to arrest a spectator for a racially aggravated public order offence following comments made towards a steward,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. “As the officers made the arrest, minor disorder broke out involving other spectators.” Police were seen wielding batons to hold back the visiting fans but the rest of the game passed off largely peacefully. Disorder by Hungary fans — including racism — during the home match against England in Budapest last month led to FIFA placing Hungary on probation. The team had to play Saturday’s game against Albania in an empty stadium.