Police arrest 86 following crowd trouble at Euro 2020 final
The FA has pledged to conduct a full review after some fans forced their way into Wembley Stadium.
86 people have been arrested in connection with a variety of incidents surrounding England’s defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday (11 July).
Met Police have confirmed that dozens have been apprehended for illegal acts including assault, drunkenness and public order offences.
Nineteen police officers were also injured – with one losing a tooth and another suffering a broken hand.
Footage circulating on social media had shown trouble flaring in and around Wembley ahead of kick-off – with some fans forcing their way into the ground without tickets.
The stadium was operating at a reduced capacity of around 60,000 for the final due to COVID restrictions.
The FA has since pledged to conduct a full review.
An official FA statement said that “the behaviour of the people who illegally forced their way into the stadium was unacceptable, dangerous and showed total disregard for the safety and security protocols in place.”
The statement added: “No steward or security staff should be subjected to this type of behaviour and we thank them for their support on the night. We also apologise to anyone at the match whose experience was affected by this unprecedented level of public disorder.
“We will continue to work with the relevant authorities to identify and take action against these people where possible.”
England lost the major final – which was their first since 1966 – on penalties following a 1-1 draw with Italy.
The clean-up process following the match is expected to cost “millions”.
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