Dozens of England fans arrested with 19 officers injured after chaos in London for Euro 2020 final
12th July 2021
Just under 50 people were arrested and over a dozen police officers were injured in ugly scenes prior involving England fans prior to the Euro 2020 final against Italy.© Provided by Extra.ie
It was the country’s first appearance at a major final in 55 years and the occasion was held at Wembley Stadium in London.
There was chaos all day leading up to the final as huge crowds began to form around the British capital from early in the afternoon.© Provided by Extra.ie England fans clashed with police before and during the Euro 2020 final. Pic: Tayfun Salci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
The scenes involving the supporters have been described as ‘volatile’ and a number of individuals stormed their way into the stadium and managed to break through the security and barriers.
Footage has emerged of bottles, traffic cones, and missiles being thrown around in a number of locations across the city.
King’s Cross Station was closed and had to be evacuated after fans set off flares while the central London Soho area had been turned into an unofficial fan-zone even despite police warnings not to gather in large crowds.© Provided by Extra.ie Nearly 50 England fans were arrested as chaos surrounded the Euro 2020 final. Pic: Tayfun Salci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
In the morning after the affair, Scotland Yard have released a statement condemning the ‘frustrating’ night of disorder.
‘Our policing operation for the #Euro2020 final is drawing to a close,’ they tweeted.
‘Thank you to the tens of thousands of fans who had good spirits and behaved responsibly.’
‘We made 49 arrests during the day for a variety of offences. We will have officers on hand throughout the night.
‘Frustratingly, 19 of our officers were injured while they confronted volatile crowds. This is wholly unacceptable.’
Following the penalty shootout defeat for Gareth Southgate’s side, three England stars have also been targeted for racist abuse on social media