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England face Wembley stadium ban over crowd trouble with blow to 2030 World Cup hopes

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FA bosses are under pressure once more after crowd trouble in England’s 1-1 draw with Hungary on Tuesday. And it could mean that the FA’s bid to host the 2030 World Cup is severely damaged alongside a potential stadium ban after failing to control fans who fought police inside the ground, according to the Mirror.

Ugly scenes brewed in the first half of the Three Lions’ frustrating draw as Hungarian fans battled with police officers.

Police struggled to contain angry Hungarian supporters who were donning balaclavas, and there have also been concerns that Polish fans joined the Hungarian support to gang up on the English.

Not only has it raised concerns over Albania’s visit to Wembley next month in terms of a potential behind-closed-doors ban for the Three Lions, but long-term plans to host the 2030 World Cup are also seriously in doubt after failing to control the crowd.

UEFA are to hold a disciplinary hearing on Monday into the crowd trouble that occurred at the Euro 2020 final in which England lost on penalties to Italy.

There were concerns that the FA didn’t police the game properly as many fans tried to get in without tickets, and Tuesday’s trouble has only heightened fears of security problems for the world’s biggest tournament.

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England boss Gareth Southgate has already admitted that he fears Wembley could get a stadium ban.

There is a nagging doubt that his side could be made to play one game behind closed doors, with another potentially suspended. A hearing will take place on Monday and the verdict will be announced on Tuesday at the latest.

FIFA have also launched their own probe into the events and have condemned the actions at Wembley alongside the crowd trouble that marred Poland v Albania.

The world governing body said that it ‘will take any action against any form of violence, as well as any form of discrimination and abuse’.

There have been four confirmed bids to host the World Cup, with Morocco’s bid being the only African offer.

Others include a joint bid between Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile, whilst there are two European bids: a joint venture between Spain and Portugal, alongside quartet-hosting between Romania, Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia.

And it remains to be seen whether a British bid would be accepted following the previous incidents.

Met Police confirmed an arrest had been issued after a racist comment was made by one of the away support to a steward.

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A statement read: “Shortly after the start of tonight’s match at Wembley, officers entered the stand to arrest a spectator for a racially aggravated public order offence following comments made towards a steward.

“As the officers made the arrest, minor disorder broke out involving other spectators.

“Order was quickly restored and there have been no further incidents at this stage.”

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