England given Wembley ban by UEFA after crowd trouble at Euro 2020 final against Italy
Ticketless England fans clashed with police and stewards during the Euro 2020 final with Italy, with many forcing their way inside of the stadium. UEFA's disciplinary panel have handed England a two-match stadium ban, with one of those suspended for two years, and a 100,000 euro fine. The ban throws into doubt England's ability to host future international tournaments.
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A statement from the FA read: “Although we are disappointed with the verdict, we acknowledged the outcome of this UEFA decision. We condemn the terrible behaviour of the individuals who caused the disgraceful scenes in and around Wembley Stadium at the Euro 2020 final, and we deeply regret that some of them were able to enter the stadium.
“We are determined that this can never be repeated, so we have commissioned an independent review, led by Baroness Casey, to report on the circumstances involved. We continue to work with the relevant authorities in support of their efforts to take action against those responsible and hold them to account.”
Under UEFA rules the FA is responsible for the behaviour of England fans, and England's governing football body requested a personal hearing with the panel over video conference.
Capacity for the match had been reduced from 90,000 to 60,000 due to coronavirus restrictions, and with 30,000 spare seats in the ground many ticketless fans and those with tickets too began to cause trouble even five hours before kick-off.
Fans show their support as they make their way down Olympic Way during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021 in London, England.
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Fans reported seeing fans urinating and taking drugs in the densely populated residential area, while ticket-checking cordons had been breached in the hours ahead of kick-off, with fans outnumbering stewards and police.
Many fans with tickets entered the stadium to find their seats had been taken by those who had entered the ground illegally.
There were 19 police officers injured during the operation, with 49 arrests made.
The scenes at Wembley in July have thrown into doubt England's ability to host the 2030 World Cup, for which it is considering a joint bid with the home nations and Ireland. Wembley would host the final.