Wembley security comes under scanner after Euro final

13 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Wembley security comes under scanner after Euro final

England fans outside Wembley Stadium in London ahead of the Euro 2020 final on Monday. – AFP photo

England football chiefs and police on Monday faced questions over the chaotic and violent scenes around Wembley Stadium for Monday's Euro 2020 final, with concerns it could affect the country's 2030 World Cup bid, reports AFP.

Police have launched an investigation to find the ticketless fans who stormed through security barriers and entered the stadium before the final, in which Italy beat England in a penalty shoot-out.

Apart from that, the English supporters could not digest the loss and they unnecessarily attacked the Italian fans outside the stadium, reports india.com.

The English fans not only hit their Italian counterparts but there was a lot of racial abuse and stomping of the Italian national flag as well.

"That was the worst experience I've ever had as a fan at a football match," tweeted Dail Mail football journalist Mike Keegan.

"Shambolic organization, police nowhere to be seen, fans without tickets running amok within what was a giant Covid breeding ground," he tweeted.

London's Metropolitan Police said it made 49 arrests, and that 19 officers were injured while managing the final.

"Frustratingly, 19 of our officers were injured while they confronted volatile crowds. This is wholly unacceptable," the police tweeted.

Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham apologised to fans affected, telling the BBC that the security team had "never seen anything like it".

"There were a large number of drunken yobs trying to force their way in, we run a stadium not a fortress," he said.

England is bidding to host the 2030 World Cup, but Monday's scenes may have dealt those hopes a major blow.

"You can forget about the 2030 World Cup bid. Disgraceful," tweeted broadcaster John Duggan.