The relentless barrage of bottles from the stands on Polish players as Poland scored saw Albania vs Poland being halted
Things turned sour during Albania vs Poland as the home fans ended up getting irked after the visitors took the lead on the night.
In a closely contested encounter, Poland finally managed to break the deadlock as they took the lead in the 77th minute through Karol Swiderski. However, things went onto a downtick from their as raging Albanian supporters ended up throwing a plethora of bottles at the Polish players as they celebrated infront of the concourses.
Albanian Supporters Go Berserk, Throw Bottles During Albania vs Poland FIFA World Cup Qualifier
Irked by what was unfolding, the Poland players decided it was prudent to leave the pitch as fears over their safety grew. The contest was halted as security officials tried to intervene and calm the situation down with an announcement being made over the speakers that Albania would have to forfeit the match if crowd violence didn’t curb.
Wojciech Szczesny making light of the #ALBPOL bottle incident. 💦
When the match finished and Albanian fans continued to throw bottles at the Poland team – he picked one up and drank from it. pic.twitter.com/6TOUTG7urs
— PSN Futbol (@PSN_Futbol) October 13, 2021
🇵🇱 Poland players were pelted with bottles as they celebrated their goal against Albania last night. No need at all. pic.twitter.com/792NDx2W05
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) October 13, 2021
The clash did eventually resume but things failed to get better. As the tie ended, the Albanian supporters returned with their missiles with them once again serenading the visiting team’s players with scores of bottles.
This wasn’t the only incident of crowd violence on the night though with the England vs Hungary clash seeing unruly supporters go berserk as well. A section of the stadium housing Hungarian supporters was seen clashing with English police personnel with the miscreants managing to chase the security away from the stands.
It remains to be seen if FIFA will be taking any retrospective action on the Hungarian and Albanian FAs for their inability to control their fans.