Ros Atkins on… the trouble at Wembley
“Ticketless, drunken and drugged-up thugs” could have caused death as they stormed Wembley before the Euro 2020 final, says a review into the disorder.
The report by Baroness Louise Casey said there was a “collective failure” in planning for the match, which about 2,000 people got into illegally.
It noted 17 mass breaches of disabled access gates and emergency fire doors.
Lady Casey said the “appalling scene of disorder” as England played Italy led to a “day of national shame”.
Her report said there was a “collective failure” in planning for the match on 11 July, including a “vulnerable” stewarding operation lacking experience partly because of the pandemic and the police deployment arriving “too late”.
The knowledge that about 25,000 of Wembley’s 90,000 seats would be left empty because of Covid restrictions contributed to a “perfect storm” of factors.
“Our team of role models were in our first major final for 55 years. However they were let down by a horde of ticketless, drunken and drugged up thugs who chose to abuse innocent, vulnerable and disabled people, as well as police officers, volunteers and Wembley staff,” said Lady Casey.
“We are genuinely lucky that there was not much more serious injury or worse, and need to take the toughest possible action against people who think a football match is somehow an excuse to behave like that.
“I am clear that the primary responsibility for what went wrong at Wembley that day lies with those who lost control of their own behaviour.”
Italy beat England on penalties to become European champions.
The review into the disorder on the day also found that:
An England victory in the shootout would have created a “further huge public safety risk” with up to 6,000 people planning to storm the stadium at full-time to celebrate as the gates opened to allow ticket-holders to leave.There was “a collective failure” among the organisations who staged the final to plan for the “foreseeable risk” of disorder and ticketless fans converging on the stadium.Alcohol and drugs were a key factor in the disorder as fans arrived at the stadium up to eight hours before the 20:00 BST kick-off.Planning for the…..