Euro 2020 final breach a security concern
Police have stated that a small number of ticketless fans broke into Wembley Stadium for the Euro 2020 final, after videos showed crowds pushing through barriers.
Wembley Stadium initially denied that anyone without a ticket had gained entry, but following footage being shared online, the Metropolitan Police said it had worked with security staff to prevent further breaches and also supported officials in ejecting ticketless fans.
Footage from inside Wembley showed fans fighting, apparently after some had forced through a door. There are reports that it took until half-time for stewards to clear the gantry section meant for disabled spectators at Wembley.
Video blogger Paul Brown shared footage in which fans could be seen jumping over barriers and grappling with stewards and police, as some of them were ejected. Brown said there were not enough police to deal with the size of the crowd.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor had said ahead of the final which England lost on penalties, that ’the Met is very experienced at policing large football matches at Wembley and is fully prepared to meet the demand of the Euros final match’.
Wembley Stadium had an increased capacity of up to 65,000 fans – the highest capacity in a UK football ground since the outbreak of Covid.