In addition to penalizing the English Football Association with four distinct breaches relating to fan behaviour, UEFA has initiated a formal investigation into supporters storming Wembley Stadium during Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.
England’s first appearance in a major tournament in 55 years concluded in a penalty shootout loss to Italy, and the match was marred by scenes of violence both inside and outside the stadium. A total of 86 people have been arrested by British police, who say 19 of their officers have been hurt. At Wembley Stadium, 53 arrests were made.
It is claimed that up to 5,000 fans got admission to the stadium without having purchased a match ticket. According to ESPN, ticket readers went down for a period of time, and fans either “tailgated” their way in (following closely after people with valid tickets) or broke in through disabled supporters’ entrances.
Fights broke out on the concourses, and stewards were overwhelmed as hundreds of fans arrived with tickets only to discover someone already seated in their seats, according to videos shared on social media.
Despite England manager Gareth Southgate’s pre-match plea to respect the Italian national anthem, there were loud booing throughout the match, a pitch invader delayed the final few minutes of normal time, and items were thrown at Italy players as they celebrated their penalty shootout victory.
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