Police made 96 football-related arrests in Euro 2020, but only 39 related to the England-Italy final
Police have made 96 football-related arrests in connection with matches played at Wembley during the Euro 2020 tournament this summer, with all but six of England’s matches.
Incredibly, only 39 of those arrests related to the England-Italy final, according to an interior ministry report released today, when an estimated 5,000 people stormed the stadium.
The final between the Three Lions and the Italian team, which was won by Italy after a tense penalty shootout, was marred by violence inside and outside the stadium and became a national disgrace.
A crowd of England fans outside the stadium pushed the barriers ahead of the Euro 2020 final
An estimated 5,000 hooligans without tickets showed up for the game on July 11 and forced their way through security gates and barriers, leading to ugly scenes in the halls.
Stewards and fans had to take cover as the security operation in parts of Wembley was overwhelmed.
Nineteen police officers were injured, including one who lost a tooth from the condition, while another suffered a broken hand, Sky Sports reported after the game.
Video footage shows hordes of hooligans dashing through the halls to secure a spare seat at Wembley, where capacity was limited to 60,000 amid concerns over coronavirus transmission.
A group of football fans storm through the security barriers at Wembley as stewards desperately try to stop them before the Euro 2020 final at Wembley
After the game, the Metropolitan Police came in to criticize the way the high-profile match had gone and questions were put to the Football Association about the preparations for the match.
The FA launched an assessment of the events, which was also sued by the European football governing body, UEFA, over the intrusion of supporters on the playing field; throwing objects; disturbance during the national anthem and the lighting of fireworks.
The Met Police, meanwhile, promised to bring those responsible to justice and released photos of suspected offenders entering the stadium.
Looking stunned: A fan draped in England’s flag watches as supporters with tickets argue with the invaders
However, the annual report on arrests and injunctions in football, released this morning by the Interior Ministry, reports only 39 arrests related to the final.
Sports post has contacted the Metropolitan Police for comment on the number of arrests.
In total, the report lists 96 arrests for football-related offenses at Euro 2020. Of these, 90 were at matches England played at Wembley.
In addition to the 39 arrests in the game against Italy, 28 were related to the group match against Scotland and 18 related to the semi-final against Denmark.
Six more arrests were made during the semi-final between Italy and Spain, while two people were arrested at matches in England that were not part of the competition.
Overall, the number of football-related arrests and bans in England and Wales was significantly lower than in previous years due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
In all, there were 116 football-related arrests last season in connection with matches played and a further 24 by UK transport police involving fans on the rail network.
Trouble at the stadium came after England fans flocked to Wembley in the thousands to be part of one of the biggest nights in English football history
In addition, 208 injunctions were issued by the courts banning fans from stadiums. The bans will last for a minimum of three years.
In total, there are currently 1,359 football bans in force in England and Wales. They are seen as an effective deterrent to abusive behavior around football.
A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said: “Football-related violence and disorder of any kind will not be tolerated.
“We support the police in taking action and are pleased that more than 1,300 football bans have been issued to prevent troublemakers from visiting stadiums.
“We are also taking action to address racist online abuse in football by seeking to amend the legislation so that online abusers can be barred from stadiums in the same way that violent villains are kept off the pitch.”
The report notes that all 2,978 scheduled games were played in the 2020-21 season.
Of these, 2,766 (93 percent) were played without spectators and 212 (seven percent) at various smaller capacities. None were played at full capacity.
As a result, arrests in the season were about eight percent of the 2018-2019 campaign, when visitor numbers were unaffected by the virus.
Football fans stormed through security barriers at Wembley just moments before England’s heart-pounding fight against Italy, halting Covid checks