The sinister reputation of Hungarian football fans crumbled on Tuesday night.
A section of the traveling support clashed with stewards and police at the start of the World Cup qualifying meeting between England and Hungary.
It is the latest incident involving Magyar fans that has seen UEFA and FIFA issue stadium bans for their behavior in Budapest.
As the England players knelt in their fight against racism, home fans cheered loudly. However, as reported by several reporters at the stadium, several Hungarian fans responded by booing and gesturing towards their hosts.
Things, however, got even uglier shortly after kick-off.
As the stewards tried to calm the situation, they were met with violence from some of these Hungarian fans.
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The police quickly got involved, which did little to quell the anger of some of those outside.
Stewards and police withdrew and were replaced by the riot squad.
Hungary 🇭🇺 football fans fighting with police and security at Wembley London UK, signs of blood on Hungarian football fan pic.twitter.com/TMDDzwWNvD
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Things calmed down somewhat within 12 minutes.
The reputation of Hungarian fans was already underground following shameful scenes at Euro 2020 and last month’s reverse game with England.
Racist and homophobic chants in their three Euro group matches saw Hungary hit with a stadium ban by UEFA.
Then last month Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were subjected to monkey chants as England ran out of comfortable winners at Puskas Arena.
Last week’s Group I game with Albania was played behind closed doors following the incidents against England, with their FA also fined €185,000.
They had had another stadium ban suspended by FIFA, pending further incidents.
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