The Metropolitan Police in London has revealed that the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy was nearly postponed due to crowd trouble.
Italy was to beat England on post-penalties after the game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time with ugly scenes experience too after the game.
Despite the excellent atmosphere inside the stadium after kick-off, there were pre-match incidents that involved England supporters trying to jump turnstiles and get into the stands without tickets.
“On Sunday, for the first time in more than 50 years, England had qualified for the final of a major international football tournament. This was meant to be a day of national pride, full of jubilance and celebration,” a statement on the Met Police’s website noted.
“Throughout the course of the day, police officers witnessed disgraceful behaviour both in central London and at Wembley, where a number of people pushed through security cordons or fought with police officers.
“Soon after gates opened, the stewarding and outer security perimeter became overwhelmed and fans began pushing through security checks. I want to praise the quick response by police commanders and those brave officers who confronted these subsequent scenes of disorder and violence.
“I do not accept that the policing operation failed and I stand by the difficult decisions made by police officers and the Met’s public order commanders. Without their immediate intervention, it is possible that this game could have been abandoned.”
“The ugly scenes at Wembley on Sunday night will rightly be reviewed by the Football Association and by police. Where lessons can be learned we will work with partners to ensure that future matches are not disrupted by a group of hooligans who are fueled on alcohol.”
Over 26 people were arrested in connection with the incident.