Loading...

England fans: what happened at Euro 2020 final, did people attack Wembley - and was there fighting afterwards?

Behaviour of 'violent minority' condemned by police and ministers after England's defeat to Italy at the Euros

Hundreds of people attempted to force entry to Wembley Stadium for the Euro 2020 final.

In the build up to the Euros showdown between England and Italy, which saw the Azzurri win the tournament on penalties, crowds gathered outside the stadium looking for a way in.

Sign up to our NationalWorld Today newsletter

Some even breached the security perimeter as stewards were initially overpowered in shocking scenes captured by onlookers and posted across social media in the lead up to the final.

Crowd capacity for the Euros final was capped at 75% by the UK government due to the Covid pandemic, with just over 60,000 people permitted inside London's 90,000 seater stadium.

Read More

Read More
England football racism: Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka receive a...

Did fans attack Wembley during Euro 2020 final?

The build up to the Euro 2020 final was marred by an apparent attack on Wembley Stadium, as hundreds of people attempted to get into the ground to watch England vs Italy without a ticket.

And added: "Safety measures were quickly activated in the relevant areas and there were no security breaches of people without tickets getting inside the stadium."

An FA spokesperson condemned the actions of those people who stormed Wembley Stadium.

They said: "We strongly condemn the behaviour of a group of people that forced their way into Wembley Stadium before the EURO 2020 Final. This is entirely unacceptable.

Screengrab taken with permission from video posted on twitter by @MichelleOwen7 of people running up steps as they try to force their way in Wembley Stadium, London, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Final between England and Italy on Sunday. Issue date: Monday July 12, 2021. (PA images)

"These people are an embarrassment to the England team and to all of the true fans who wanted to enjoy one of the most important matches in our history.

"We will work with the relevant authorities to take action against anyone who is identified to have illegally forced their way into the stadium."

How many arrests were made at Euro 2020 final?

Officers policing the Euro 2020 final made 49 arrests in London.

The Metropolitan Police has revealed that 19 officers were injured “while they confronted volatile crowds”.

Scotland Yard tweeted: “Our policing operation for the #Euro2020 final is drawing to a close. Thank you to the tens of thousands of fans who had good spirits and behaved responsibly.

“We made 49 arrests during the day for a variety of offences. We will have officers on hand throughout the night.

“Frustratingly, 19 of our officers were injured while they confronted volatile crowds. This is wholly unacceptable.”

Was anyone hurt by events on the night of Euro 2020 final?

The Metropolitan Police Federation, the body which represents thousands of London’s police, criticised people who hurt officers after the Euro 2020 final match on Sunday evening.

In response to a tweet from the Met police force, which said 19 officers were left injured when they “confronted volatile crowds”, the Federation said: “These people should be ashamed of themselves. They are not fans. They are thugs. We wish our injured colleagues well.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said she condemned the “violent minority” who attacked police officers on Sunday.

She tweeted: “A huge thank you to every police officer who’s been working in Wembley & across the country throughout #EURO2020. You’re a credit to policing in this country & should be incredibly proud.

“I condemn the violent minority who assaulted you last night – these thugs aren’t true fans.”