Violent scenes have rocked England's 1-1 draw with Hungary with some of the visiting fans clashing with security.
England took another, somewhat faltering, step towards World Cup qualification with a 1-1 draw against Hungary at Wembley to stay top of Group I with two games remaining.
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The visitors went ahead with a Roland Sallai penalty after 24 minutes, with England equalising in the 37th through John Stones.
However, most of the drama was in the stands.
Before kick-off, Hungary fans could be heard jeering the England players as they took a knee.
Images caught a banner, in the away section, which clearly protested against players kneeling.
Following the protest, a number of Hungary fans were caught in a violent clash with police.
The police had moved in to arrest one fan for an alleged "racially aggravated public order offence" following comments made towards a steward.
As the scuffles became more vicious, police with batons were pushed back by the hooligans before order was finally restored.
Fifa's failure to punish Hungary properly has simply made (some of) their fans feel even more emboldened to behave as aggressively as this. (And, yes, England/FA deserve to be punished severely for Euro 2020 final shambles/shame outside ground).
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) October 12, 2021
— Never A Foul ⚽️ (@NeverAFoul) October 12, 2021
Hungary's fans jeered England's players taking the knee and now violence has broken out in their section in a corner of Wembley.
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 12, 2021
Hungary fans clashing with Police & Stewards inside Wembley tonight v England
— Football Tipster (@Footy_Tipster) October 12, 2021
Hungary fans have jeered England players taking a knee, held up a banner objecting against it and now charged the police in the away end.
— Jack Rosser (@JackRosser_) October 12, 2021
— Ben Parker (@BenParker3) October 12, 2021
Ugly scenes in the Hungary section at Wembley - Fans v Police pic.twitter.com/oaC51G9ebk
— Your Girl's Favourite Footballer (@JaydinhoFC) October 12, 2021
England frustrated against Hungary
The violence in the stands might have caused England to take their eye off the ball and they were punished in the 24th minute.
Luke Shaw raised a high boot as he tried to clear on the edge of his own penalty area, in the process catching Loic Nego in the head.
The challenge could have been viewed as accidental, but a VAR check confirmed the penalty, leaving England fuming as Sallai sent Jordan Pickford the wrong way with a clinical spot-kick.
Hungary's fans celebrated by letting off a green flare, but their joy was short-lived as England equalised in the 37th minute.
Jack Grealish's quick feet drew a foul from Attila Szalai wide on the right flank.
Phil Foden whipped over an in-swinging free-kick that flicked off Declan Rice before Stones bundled it into the net from close-range.
Southgate is aware that England's failure to create more chances cost them dearly when they failed to build on their lead in the Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy in July.
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