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The qualifying game between Albania and Poland (0-1) made headlines due to a game interruption due to bottle throws. After Karol Swiderski (77th) scored 1-0, plastic bottles flew from the grandstands in the Albanian capital Tirana towards the cheering Polish players.
After the bottle was thrown, the Poles complained loudly to the referee. Both teams disappeared into the dressing room, the French referee Clément Turpin interrupted the game. After a break of around 20 minutes, the game could be continued. Poland brought the narrow 1-0 lead after the interruption over time.
In Group I, coach Paulo Sousa’s team is in second place with 17 points after the away win, three points behind leaders England (20). Albania is third (15).
Riots also at Wembley
There were also riots in London on the occasion of the duel between England and Hungary. Shortly after the kick-off, Hungarian fans and the police fought a minute-long argument in the guest block. Dozens of people had pushed the stewards back before the police approached with batons. Previously, the guest supporters had booed loudly when the England national team fell on their knees and presented a banner as a protest.
Fifa announces investigations
“Fifa condemns the horrific incidents in England and Albania in the strongest possible way,” the world association announced on Wednesday and announced investigations. The Hungarians in particular are threatened with a hefty penalty in view of their previous history – during the first leg in September several fans made monkey sounds against the Dortmund Jew Bellingham and star striker Raheem Sterling. After the first leg, the association was sentenced to two ghost games, the second game was suspended for two years – this probation is unlikely to be sustainable. There had also been insults at the EM.
SRF Zwei, sportlive, October 12th, 2021, 8:10 pm; abr / agencies
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