England face Wembley stadium ban from UEFA after Euro 2020 and Hungary crowd trouble

The FA are waiting for next Monday’s disciplinary hearing with UEFA about the crowd trouble at the Euro 2020 final, held at Wembley, earlier this summer but could also be punished for the ugly scenes against Hungary

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FA chiefs are under the spotlight again as they face a Wembley stadium ban.

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UEFA will hold their disciplinary hearing next Monday into the crowd trouble at the Euros final in July with the verdict expected to follow with the Football Association accused of not policing it properly.

It means the scenes at Wembley on Tuesday night could not have come at a worse time for the FA as fighting broke out between Hungary supporters and the police who were overwhelmed and forced back by balaclava-clad ultras.

There were even concerns that Polish fans joined Hungary supporters in the away end to “gang up” on England which raises further worries ahead of Albania’s World Cup qualifier at Wembley next month.

FIFA have launched their own probe into the events at Wembley on Tuesday and condemned the “abhorrent behaviour” along with what happened in Poland’s game with Albania which had to be stopped after crowd trouble broke out.

Ugly scenes in the Hungary end marred Tuesday's World Cup qualifier at Wembley
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FIFA said it will study the events and will take action against “any form of violence as well as any form of discrimination or abuse.”

Even though the trouble flared in the away end after Hungary fans booed the taking of the knee and police went into arrest a supporter after a racial slur was made towards a steward, the FA are responsible for crowd control in the stadium.

That was also the issue surrounding the Euros final in July as to whether enough stewards and police were on duty in the stadium as ticketless fans rushed the turnstile gates and fighting broke out.

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England boss Gareth Southgate has already admitted that he fears Wembley could get a stadium ban with a growing belief that the FA could be made to play one game behind closed doors with potentially another one suspended. The hearing is Monday and the verdict will be announced either that day or the following day.

That could have serious implications about England’s ambitions to host the 2030 World Cup and would be a major blow to the FA’s reputation. Hungary are already serving a punishment and, despite being made to play a home game behind closed doors, away fans could travel.

Meanwhile, FIFA have announced that they will not be taking action against Poland after a racism row following England’s game in Warsaw last month.

Poland officials described accusations aimed at their defender Kamil Glik as “absurd” that he made a racist remark or gesture towards Kyle Walker.

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