A small part of the stadium, which hosted up to 1,000 Hungarian fans, broke into violence less than five minutes after the game started after a large number of fans in black T-shirts – the unofficial uniform of the so-called Hungarian ultras – charged the hall and Steps to clashes with police and stewards.
Supporters were seen beating the police before a larger group stormed through a narrow tunnel into the main hall.
Although the disturbance subsided within a minute, riot police returned with body armor and visors to aid Wembley’s own stewarding team.
The London Metropolitan Police said they took action after a steward was racially insulted.
“Shortly after today’s game at Wembley began, officials came into the stands to arrest a spectator for a racially aggravated public order violation after speaking to a steward.
“While the officers were making the arrest, minor riots broke out with other onlookers. Order was quickly restored and there were no further incidents at this point.”
The disruption was followed by the publication of a green torch by Hungarian fans Roland SallaPenalty shoot-out for the guests in the 24th minute.
The Football Association said: “We are aware of an incident on the away side during qualifying for the FIFA 2022 World Cup at Wembley this evening. We will investigate and report the incident to FIFA.”
The rest of the game passed with no other reported incidents.
Tuesday’s events will lead to increased scrutiny of Hungarian fans and likely sanctions by FIFA. The country’s national football federation has already been fined £ 158,000 and the football federation banned the stadium after disruptions during the game in September between the two teams in Budapest.
In this game, players were hit with objects thrown from the stands and black players from the English squad were racially abused.
The Hungarian Football Association was also fined € 100,000 and with a stadium ban for three matches by UEFA Earlier this year, after discriminatory behavior by fans in Budapest during the games in the Puskas Arena during Euro 2020.
Wembley’s ability to control fans has also been criticized after extensive unrest in the stadium before and during the final of Euro 2020 between England and Italy when hundreds of fans erected barriers to entry.
The English Football Association could also be sanctioned for the flare-up on the pitch at Tuesday’s game, as it is its responsibility to keep home stadiums safe during qualifying matches.