Hungary v England: 30,000 Fans To Attend Closed Doors Match

Even though the match will be played behind closed doors, England’s Nations League group encounter versus Hungary will be played in Budapest on Saturday with at least 30,000 people there.

Following racist behaviour by their fans, Hungary had been told to host games without any crowds in attendance.

Their football organization however is choosing to follow a Uefa rule that permits children to attend if accompanied by an adult.

30,000 children have registered for Saturday’s game, according to the Hungarian FA.

As a result of their supporters’ discriminatory behaviour at Euro 2020, Uefa ordered Hungary to play three games without fans, with the final match postponed, and fined them £85,000 in June 2021.

Following racial insults directed at England players during a World Cup qualifier in Budapest on September 2, Fifa ordered them to play two games behind closed doors.

At the Puskas Arena, where the game will be played on Saturday, both Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were subjected to abuse, with various objects including a flare being thrown onto the pitch by home supporters.

Children up to the age of 14 from schools and/or football academies can be invited to the match for free if accompanied by an adult, according to Article 73 of Uefa’s regulations.

Glen Kamara was booed by Sparta Prague supporters in the Czech Republic last year when Rangers played them in the Europa League under similar conditions, with 10,000 children and their adult chaperones in the stadium for the behind-closed-doors encounter.

The Football Association also intends to utilize Article 73 to encourage a number of under-14 teams within a 50-mile radius of Wolverhampton to apply for complimentary tickets to the behind-closed-doors match versus Italy on Saturday, June 11 at Molineux.

However, it is believed that this will be a considerably smaller gathering, with only roughly 2,000 people anticipated to attend.

Because of the unruly behaviour of spectators during the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, the game versus Italy at Molineux will also be played behind closed doors.