FA condemns fans who ‘brought shame to the whole country’ in letter to MP after Wembley trouble at Euro 2020 Final

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The shocking scenes around Wembley before and during England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy “brought shame to the whole country,” says Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham.

In a letter to Julian Knight MP, the chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Bullingham said lessons would be learned after the national stadium was subjected to a “six-hour siege” by “thousands of lawless yobs”.

The FA has now commissioned an independent review to investigate the trouble, which saw dozens of ticketless fans force their way into Wembley, while there were ugly scenes ahead of the match and in the stands.

Bullingham wrote: “The scenes around Wembley Stadium at the UEFA Euro 2020 final on Sunday, July 11 were both shocking and appalling.

“We were faced with thousands of yobs outside the stadium, many of whom were drunk or intoxicated in other ways. Subsequently large numbers also tried, often violently, to force their way into Wembley from public areas.

“Their behaviour was unacceptable, dangerous, often criminal and showed total disregard for the law and other people. No police officer, steward, security staff or genuine fan should be subjected to this type of sustained public disorder.

“This was disgraceful behaviour which brought shame to the whole country at a time when our incredible men’s England team had done so much to lift the mood of the nation during one of the most difficult times in our history.

“At a time when we should be celebrating the achievements of the team, we are focused on how our stadium team of police, security and stewards had to battle the horrendous actions of thousands of lawless yobs during a six-hour siege - something no stadium is set up to deal with.

“We are determined to get to the bottom of what happened both outside and then inside Wembley and are aware that everyone will need to learn the lessons of the day and instigate changes for the future where needed.”

The review will speak to relevant parties such as the police, the Greater London Authority, the Safety Advisory Group and those involved in tournament delivery including the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Additional reporting by PA

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