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Hungarian football ultras attack refugees at Budapest train station

The Hungarian capital plays host to a Euro 2016 qualifier tonight.

Image: Frank Augstein/AP/Press Association Images

THIS EVENING IN Budapest, Hungary host Romania in a key Euro 2016 qualifier.

A local derby, it was always going to be an intense and possibly troublesome fixture but given the recent events in the country’s capital city, there’s been an inevitable occurrence before a ball has even been kicked.

According to local reports, Hungarian football ultras have clashed with refugees based at the Keleti train station with some speculating fireworks and smoke bombs were thrown at the large group camped in and around the depot. The refugees retaliated before riot police escorted the hooligans away from the main entrance.

There were some injuries with reports that one young man sustained a head injury and was brought to an ambulance.

Many expected some ugly scenes given the comments made by Hungarian Prime Minister Vikto Orbán in recent days in which he dismissed the response from some European countries to the refugee crisis as ‘madness’.

The worry now is if more violent scenes will take place after this evening’s game, especially should the home side suffer defeat.

Kick-off at the Groupama Aréna is 7.45.

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