Explained: The Hungarian Carpathian Brigade football team. What is behind unruly fans ?, Sports news

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Chaotic and violent scenes prevailed inside Wembley Stadium in the UK during the World Cup qualifying match between England and Hungary when dozens of fans clashed with police armed with batons Tuesday 12 October.

Moments after the kick-off, unrest erupted when a group of Hungarian supporters charged the stewards, who were forced to retreat before the police arrived, wielding batons.

Fighting continued for several minutes before riot police finally restored order to the stands and lobby of the stadium. The incident occurred when police intervened to arrest a Hungarian fan for making a racist comment to a flight attendant.

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Image: World Cup – UEFA Qualifying – Group I – England v Hungary – Wembley Stadium, London, Great Britain – 12 October 2021 General view as police confront Hungarian fans during the match. Source: Reuters.

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The fighting appeared to have been started by a group of Hungarian fans. Most of them were dressed in the black t-shirts of the ultras who follow the country – they are known as the Carpathian Brigade.

In addition to fighting with the police, Hungarian fans also booed when English players knelt before kick-off and held up a banner protesting the anti-racism gesture.

England manager Gareth Southgate said: “I was aware of a disruption. Looks like it wasn’t acceptable but I haven’t seen the details.”

England defender Tyrone Mings said: “Whenever we talk about racial abuse, the punishments that follow never seem to be in line with what happened. I sincerely hope that if so, the punishments match. what happened this time. “

England v Hungary

Image: World Cup – UEFA Qualifiers – Group I – England v Hungary – Wembley Stadium, London, Great Britain – 12 October 2021 England’s Declan Rice and Tyrone Mings kneel ahead of the match. Source: Reuters.

What is the Carpathian Brigade?

The Carpathian Brigade is a group of the country’s most die-hard fans and ultras from different clubs across the country and its history dates back to 2009, when a political party met with groups of ultras from the biggest clubs in Hungary and formed the Carpathian Brigade in black shirts in an attempt to contain neo-Nazi violence on the terraces. They grew up and strived to bring all the fans together with a better atmosphere for the national team games.

England v Hungary

Image: World Cup – UEFA Qualifying – Group I – England v Hungary – Wembley Stadium, London, Great Britain – October 12, 2021 Hungarian fans celebrate with flares after Roland Sallai scores his first goal. Source: Reuters

However, they became a problem when the neo-Nazi element impacted the group. Gergely Marosi, professor of sports journalism at the Metropolitan University of Budapest, told the Guardian: “Only the big games had a suitable atmosphere, but the club ultras did not unite behind the national team or completely ignored matches. ”

“Because these ultras had their conflicts with each other, sometimes they didn’t stand close to each other, otherwise there was a risk of trouble. It obviously didn’t help the mood. lifeless games in terms of fan performance. “

FIFA will investigate

FIFA have opened disciplinary proceedings over the clashes at Wembley, saying they have “zero tolerance for such heinous behavior”.

“Following the analysis of the match reports, FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings regarding the FIFA World Cup qualifiers England-Hungary and Albania-Poland yesterday,” FIFA said in a statement. communicated.

England v Hungary

Image: World Cup – UEFA Qualifiers – Group I – England v Hungary – Wembley Stadium, London, Great Britain – 12 October 2021 Hungarian Attila Szalai in action with England’s John Stones. Source: Reuters.

“Once again, FIFA strongly condemns the incidents that took place in both matches and wishes to state that its position remains firm and determined to reject any form of violence as well as any form of discrimination or abuse. FIFA has a very strong position. clear of zero tolerance against such heinous behavior in football, “the statement added.

(With contributions from agencies)


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