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Notwithstanding The Chaos Surrounding Euro 2020 Khan Claims He Has Complete Faith In The Met Police

Despite the turbulent scenes at Wembley and across the capital during the Euro 2020 final, the Mayor of London reiterated that the Metropolitan Police have his full backing.

“We have to look at where the failure rests,” Sadiq Khan said of the security lapse at Wembley Stadium, which allowed hundreds of ticketless fans assault the facility.

Mr Khan said: “She has not told me what her intentions are,” referring to reports that under-fire Met chief Dame Cressida Dick is considering seeking an extension to her tenure in Scotland Yard.

As Italy won the Euro 2020 final on penalties, England fans battle with police in Piccadilly Circus, London (Victoria Jones/PA) / PA Wire He told the PA news agency: “It was not right what happened on Sunday – not just at Wembley, but across our city with the hooligans, from outside London, breaking the law in Leicester Square, Liverpool Street, Trafalgar Square, Wembley, and so on.”

“The FA is assessing their Wembley plans, and the Metropolitan Police Service will be involved in that evaluation.”

“As we speak, the Metropolitan Police Service is sorting through CCTV and body-worn films.”

There have already been 86 arrests.

“I’d want to remind people that 19 cops were hurt.”

It is critical that people who commit criminal acts are apprehended, charged, and prosecuted.

“It’s also critical that I state loudly and clearly that the police have my complete trust and support.”

“As mayor, one of my responsibilities is to conduct oversight of the police force in order to assist in the provision of checks and balances in a healthy democracy.”

“The police should be properly policed,” Sadiq Khan said, “and there are often difficult conversations between me as mayor and the senior leadership at the Met Police Service, but they have my entire support.” Sadiq Khan said he didn’t know whether Dame Cressida Dick will seek a contract renewal (Dominic Lipinski/PA) / PA Archive

Despite the criticism surrounding the Euro 2020 policing operation, The Times stated that Dame Cressida is due to make an informal approach next month for an extension to her tenure as commissioner, which expires in April.

According to the publication, the commissioner has told a select group of political and law enforcement officials that she intends to stay in office.

“She has not told me what her intentions are after her contract expires in April,” Mr Khan told PA.

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