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The Fas Management Of The Euro 2020 Final Has Been Dubbed A Major Failure Of Security And Stewarding

The Football Association’s security of the Euro 2020 final has been called into question following eyewitness testimony and video footage of ticketless fans impersonating as stewards to gain admission into Wembley.

“Security and stewarding numbers for the Euro 2020 final exceeded the requirements of the match and were larger than any other previous event” at the stadium, according to the FA.

But, numerous sources told The Independent that several stewards simply did not show up on Sunday, or that they entered the stadium but did not go to their assigned place.

Many were alleged to have never worked a major sporting event before and lacked the necessary expertise or certifications.

The inability to conduct extensive body, bag, and Covid-test inspections, as documented by The Independent after the final whistle, jeopardized the safety and health of those in attendance.

Many recordings and testimonials have already surfaced showing people effectively – and rather easily – blagging their way into the national stadium while posing as stewards.

Three young men are seen on route to the venue with accreditation for the role – which matches what it looked like on the day – changing into England attire in one of the toilets, and then spending the match as supporters in front-row seats.

“We fine-tuned the system and got compensated for it,” the video boasts, which has been sent to the FA for comment.

While the authenticity of the films has yet to be established, they are certainly from the final, and there have been witness allegations of false stewards.

Graham Hiley attended the game in a wheelchair with his crippled son Tim and his friend Joe McIndoe.

Martin, his other son, acted as a caregiver.

The chaos outside Gate K frightened them.

Handicapped fans were stunned by the influx of ticketless fans, who were met with “abysmal” security. One supporter, posing as a steward and wearing a high-vis jacket, attempted to grab Joe’s wheelchair.

“Having his wheelchair taken by a complete stranger was a extremely frightening experience for Joe,” Hiley, a sports journalism lecturer at Solent University, told The Independent.

“It was simultaneously terrifying battling our way through the masses with two fragile people in wheelchairs while also concerned about my phone being stolen because I wanted to display my tickets on it.”

“It appeared that no one knew how to activate tickets.”

We inquired of a steward on the perimeter and were advised to inquire at the gate.

We did, but no one knew how to do it this time.

You could have presented a Nandos booking and been waved through if the NHS App had been thoroughly examined.

“I don’t believe the stewards were adequately prepared or compensated to stand in the way of the rabble trying to force their way through.”

With no safety gear, just neon bibs, and probably expecting to merely orient fans and welcome them, I don’t think they had any idea what they were up against.

“I’d say the most of the stewards I saw were students or in their early twenties.”

Since the Turin riots, I’ve followed England as a fan and a journalist for 41 years.

“I was at the abandoned game in Dublin, so I’m used to seeing crowd disturbance, but this was something new – not just fighting, but the genuine danger of a crush.”

What if someone was in possession of a bomb?

“I don’t believe the stewards were adequately prepared or compensated to stand in the way of the rabble trying to force their way through.”

With no protective gear, just yellow bibs, and presumably expected to just steer supporters and welcome them, I don’t think they had any idea what they were up against.” England fans ‘break through security’ at Wembley ahead of the Euro 2020 final Three employees from Wise Security, who provided stewards for the final, have called The Independent to criticize the lack of preparation they re

They are all under the age of 22.

Others talked anonymously to avoid being banned for future jobs and said that there were false stewards inside Wembley, that some accepted bribes because “the money is a joke,” that there was no specific preparation for anything that could go wrong on the day or how to manage it, and that despite being subjected to racist and physical abuse from ticketless supporters, there has been “more publicity than caribou.”

“I was advised to return to Pakistan.'”

Don’t tell us we can’t go anywhere in our own country; this is our stadium.

“All lives matter, but not P*ki lives,” he claims, adding that he was more concerned about “a lot of people dying here, right in front of me.” A deluge of troubling evidence about what happened at Wembley continues to pour in, raising serious doubts.

The Football Association has been contacted for comment on the allegations, but has yet to react.

While the awful behavior of ticketless fans were appalling and central to the deadly scenes on Sunday, there was also a “major failure of security and stewarding,” according to a Premier League safety officer.

Accountability must come after.

What he witnessed at the stadium “totally stunned” him.

He contacted The Independent, but begged that his identity be kept anonymous.

His version of events jibes with a slew of testimonies from a variety of stakeholders.

“I can certainly state that the vast majority of stewards I directly saw or observed on Sunday had no prior training for the position.”

I’m willing to bet that many of them have never worked a major football match, or any match for that matter.

They were inexperienced and out of their depth, and those who innocently showed up to undertake what must have appeared to be a fun job were also victims of what occurred.

“Who was the stadium safety officer? What was the strategy and protocol? Was every steward aware of the layout and what to do in any and all emergency situations?”

There are only a few respectable security firms.

Most will use any methods possible to increase the number of stewards, including ignoring whether or not they have an NVQ.

“I also have to mention that we need to raise our stewarding standards because a child may pass the tests.”

“Am firmly informed the FA had a difficulty with stewarding numbers since so many rightly elected to watch the match at home rather than stand outside the stadium for PS10,” one high-level source with knowledge of fan safety in football tells The Independent.

“Clubs sometimes have comparable challenges and seek out to other teams for aid; I’m very sure the FA didn’t do anything similar.” The FA has blamed the Met Police for the chaos at Wembley, yet the stadium is entirely under its control, with Brent Council and the Greater London Authority sharing responsibility for the area around it.

The police have no say in how the event will be handled in terms of stadium security.

“Responsibility for the safety of a sports field belongs at all times with ground management,” according to the Sports Grounds Safety Authority.

“Whether there is a police presence or not, the stadium management is responsible for enforcing ground regulations.”

Numerous sources have informed The Independent that the local council and the FA do not want large numbers of police officers there because “it is terrible for optics.” Tim Roberts, who has lived across Wembley for 16 years and was involved in the construction of it, says the goal has been “ensuring the value of the area for retail and resale.”

“There is no inspection because the local municipality, Quintain, and the FA have an uncomfortably close relationship.”

We have yet to hear from anyone in Brent politics about what happened on Sunday, which is disturbing.

“It’s as if nothing happened when we were really fortunate that no one was killed.”

The fans have been singled out for blame, but they are not the only ones to blame.

The stadium’s and surrounding area’s management has been poor.

When problems are brought up, they are swept under the rug.

“I’ve spent the last few days deleting far-right symbols, even mentioning that there is a huge portion of that accompanying England and games here is simply ignored.”

It’s all about pretending that everything is fine, that Wembley is great, that Wembley Park is great,” says the Wembley Stadium Twitter account.

This, however, cannot be swept under the rug, and critical topics must be addressed.

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