The football world association has the riots at the World Cup qualifiers in England and Albania Condemned “in the strongest” and initiated an investigation. “FIFA would like to point out that it firmly rejects any form of violence, discrimination or abuse. FIFA has a very clear zero tolerance stance towards such disgusting behavior in football, ”the world governing body announced on Wednesday.
The reports on the World Cup qualifiers between England and Hungary and Albania and Poland are currently being analyzed “in order to take the most appropriate measures,” the statement said. At the 1-1 at Wembley Stadium in London dozens of emergency services clashed with guest fans in the stands. Shortly after the game began, officials entered the stands to arrest a spectator for a racist incident, the police said.
In Tirana, after the 1-0 winner, the Poles were through Karol Swiderski (77th minute) Plastic bottles flown in the direction of the cheering players. The game was interrupted for around 20 minutes. World footballer Robert Lewandowski from the FC Bayern Munich apparently also perceived the situation as threatening. “It was a bit dangerous,” said Lewandowski the broadcaster TVP. “But we knew that the referee would probably not end the match and it would be resumed.” The guests had complained loudly to referee Clement Turpin after the bottle was thrown, and both teams disappeared into the dressing rooms during the interruption.