Disturbing scenes were played at Wembley Stadium during the World Cup qualifier between England and Hungary.
A section of Hungarian football fans, who had previously heard their voices talking about racism, appeared to be holding a knee-jerk banner, while three Lions players took a knee before kick-off.
When Harry Kane and Co were kneeling before the match, the hostile side of the crowd in the distance shouted relentlessly.
Banner’s photographs spread like wildfire on social media, sparking outrage in the wider football community, with some calling for tough action.
But Hungarian fans were far from feeling their presence inside Wembley.
Supporters have clashed with police on several occasions, resulting in one man being arrested on charges of racially abusive behavior.
During a disappointing 1-1 draw at some point, about a dozen fans charged Stewards before police arrived to curb the violent crowd.
Local authorities tried to restore order by using batons before the riot team intervened.
“Shortly after tonight’s match at Wembley, authorities entered the stands to arrest spectators for a racially aggravated public order crime,” the Metropolitan Police tweeted.
“As officers were arrested, there was a minor discomfort, including other spectators. The order was quickly restored and there were no further incidents at this stage.”
The FA also confirmed that it has initiated an official investigation into the matter and will report it to FIFA and UEFA.
After a game in Budapest, England fans say to Hungary: ‘You know what you are, you know what you are, ethnic b * stardes, you know what you are.’ #Engine # Three countries
– Nijar Kinsella (@ Nizar Kinsella) October 12, 2021
FIFA’s failure to properly punish Hungary has led some (and some) their fans to act aggressively. (And, yes, England / FA deserves a harsh punishment for the final humiliation / ground-breaking humiliation of Euro 2020).
– Henry Winter (@Henewwinter) October 12, 2021
Unfortunately, this is not the first time Hungarian fans have run-in with the English national team.
Just a few months ago, Raheem Sterling and his associates were involved in racist monkey chants around the Puskas Arena throughout the entirety of the Three Lions’ 4-0 win in Budapest.
Whenever players approached the sideline from a distance, missiles and cups were thrown in their direction.
In one incident, when Sterling went away in celebration after scoring, there were so many cups on the field that England midfielder Declan Rice decided to take one and drink it.
UEFA punished Hungary by ordering a national team to play a bunch of future teams behind closed doors in an empty stadium.
But, as you can see from Wembley’s behavior, unfortunately no lessons have been learned and racism and discrimination are still rife.