Kelly Cates and Stewart Robson review the on-field and off-field issues that occurred at the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium.
(1:49) England defender Harry Maguire revealed his father had rib injuries and battled to breathe after being trampled by fans during pre-Euro 2020 final crowd disturbances at Wembley Stadium.
Before the start of Sunday’s game, fans battled with officials, violated security cordons, and stormed into the perimeter area of Wembley, which Italy won in a penalty shootout.
Police in the United Kingdom reported 19 of their officers were hurt, and 86 people were arrested, including 53 at the site.
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UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, has launched disciplinary proceedings against England’s Football Association for causing disturbances.
“I believe he was injured in a rush and sustained a couple of rib injuries.”
“I chatted with him, and he expressed his fear,” Maguire told The Sun.
“I don’t want anyone to go to a football game and have that experience, especially a major final,” he said. The Football Association announced on Monday that it would undertake a complete investigation into the security lapse and denounced the fans who forced their way into the stadium.
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.
Other athletes’ families were impacted in addition to Maguire’s.
A portion of Italy’s entourage was moved en masse, including the wife of midfielder Jorginho, while sources informed ESPN that fans who forced their way inside the arena insulted the family members of many England players.