The actions of fans around the stadium almost forced the police to eliminate the game due to safety issues
Sunday’s Euro 2020 final between Italy and England is in danger of being postponed because ticketless fans broke into the stadium, Metropolitan police said.
Stewards at Wembley could not stop fans from breaking through the barriers ahead of the tournament decision.
A total of 26 people were arrested in the stadium and Deputy Assistant Commissioner Jane Connors praised the police for their response to ensure the match continues.
What was said?
A Statement on Met Police website read: “Shortly after the gates opened, the driver and the outer security perimeter became overwhelmed, and fans began to push through security checks. I want to commend the quick response of police commanders and the brave officers who faced these subsequent scenes of disorder and violence.
‘I have no doubt that their swift action prevented any further escalation. Frustratingly, 19 of our officers were injured during Sunday’s policing operation when they encountered fleeing crowds.
‘I do not accept that the policing operation failed, and I stand by the difficult decisions taken by police officers and the public order of the Met. Without their immediate intervention, it is possible that this game has been abandoned.
‘The ugly scenes at Wembley on Sunday night will rightly be reviewed by the Football Association and the police. Where lessons can be learned, we will work with partners to ensure that future matches are not interrupted by a group of alcohol-addicted hooligans. ‘
The video posted on social media showed large numbers of fans rushing past the security and gaining access to the stadium before the Euro 2020 final.
Many fans managed to get access to the stadium to watch the match, even though they did not have tickets.
In addition to those arrested around the ground, a further 25 were arrested in central London.
Police warned that “as part of the investigation into the incident, we expect further arrests to follow in the days and weeks ahead.”