England fans without tickets should not head to London for Euro 2020 final - Met Police warns
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Police have urged England fans not to gather in large numbers for the Euro 2020 final, warning London remains in the grip of a public health crisis.
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At a glance: 5 key points
- The Met Police have prepared for the match by visiting venues to ensure social distancing is maintained
- The force said a “great” number of officers will be in place in different locations
- The Met also warned those without tickets not to visit London as they may end up missing the match
- The force made 23 arrests on 7 July following England’s victory over Denmark in the semi-final, for common assault, public order offences and assaulting police
- Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said police spotlight will shines on domestic abuse during match
What’s been said
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said: “The Met has a significantly enhanced policing operation in place and will adapt as necessary to increased numbers of fans enjoying the matches.
“We will continue to deploy a great many officers and specialist units to prevent crime and disorder and respond to any incidents right across London.
“We want people to be able to enjoy the Euros 2020 final safely and securely, behave responsibly and consider the safety and welfare of others.
“London still remains in a public health crisis. There are Government guidelines in place and we ask people to follow these and remain socially distanced.
“We will enforce legislation proportionately and as appropriate and engage with crowds.
“But I urge people not to gather in large numbers. If you don’t have a ticket to the matches, fan zone or officially booked into a pub, bar or club, my message is clear: please do not come to London – you could end up missing the game.”
Mr Taylor said a “particular focus” is being placed on tackling domestic abuse, while he warned the terror threat remains “substantial” – meaning an attack is likely.
He added: “Many pubs and bars right across London are screening the matches and attracting large numbers of fans.
“Met licensing officers have been visiting such venues to talk to staff about how they can keep their customers safe and deal with any risks arising from disorder and anti-social behaviour, as well as helping the vulnerable get home safely.”
When the final whistle was blown in Englands Euro 2020 semi-final victory against Denmark on 7 July, a nation let out a roar the likes of which hadn’t been heard since 1966.
It’s been 55 years since our men’s team have made it to the end of a major international tournament, and a clash against Italy on 11 July at Wembley will finally answer the question, ‘Is football really coming home?'