The Football Association is to conduct a full review after a large crowd tried to force their way in to Wembley without tickets. Ahead of the Euro 2020 final the fans fought with stewards and police as they tried to break through access gates.
FA chief executive Mark Bullingham apologised to legitimate fans who were affected and said the security team had “never seen anything like it!” Mr Bullingham said he was not sure those who broke in were real fans. He said:
“We have got a fantastic security team at the stadium and they have never seen anything like it. There were a large number of drunken yobs trying to force their way in, we run a stadium not a fortress. I have to apologise to any fans whose experience was affected and any of the team who had to cope with this.”
He said the FA would work with the police to ban anyone who had forced their way in, and prevent such an event happening again.
Police initially denied anyone without a ticket had gained entry, saying that there were no security breaches of people without tickets getting inside the stadium, but in a later statement confirmed there had been a breach by “just a small group.”
But legitimate supporters claimed there were many people inside Wembley watching the match just standing on the concourse for the entire first-half, with no seats to go to.
After the match, riot police attempted to disperse crowds outside Wembley Stadium as the dejected fans departed. The Met Police said there had been 49 arrests and 19 officers had been injured while controlling volatile crowds.