Questions about police and World Cup bid after shocking violence at Wembley
Police launched a survey to find fans without tickets who broke through security barriers and entered the stadium ahead of the final, in which Italy beat England on penalties.
Stewards and riot police chased dozens of fans, who knocked down the security fence before rushing into an entrance and making your way in front of other supporters, leading to scenes of violence as some have retaliated. Questions have been raised as to why so many fans without tickets were allowed to congregate on the main thoroughfare leading to the famous pitch, where the the atmosphere has become more hostile as the kick-off approaches.
“It was the worst experience i have ever hada fan at a football game, ”tweeted Dail Mail football reporter Mike Keegan. “A chaotic organization, the police cannot be found, fans without tickets go wild in what was a giant Covid breeding ground, “he tweeted.
“I saw fights, bottles thrown, karate people kick windows and (a new one to me) had to jump out of the path of an armed officer with his gun drawn chasing someone. Wembley Way an explosive site. Awful, awful night. “
that of London Metropolitan police say they have made 49 arrests, and that 19 officers were injured during the management of the final. “Frustrating, 19 of our officers were injured as they faced volatile crowds. This is totally unacceptable, “tweeted the police.
“Forget the World Cup”
Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham apologized to affected fans, telling the BBC that the security team had “never seen anything like it”. “There were a lot of drunken thugs trying to force their way through, we are running a stadium not a fortress,” he said. “I have to apologize to all the fans whose experience was affected and the whole team who had to deal with this.”
England are offering to host the 2030 World Cup, but Sunday’s scenes may have dealt a blow to those hopes. “You can forget about the 2030 World Cup bid. It’s shameful,” broadcaster John Duggan tweeted.
Veteran journalist Henry Winter, sports editor-in-chief of The Times newspaper, said he saw a Sky television presenter “subjected to horrific abuse” and that the security cordon was too close to the stadium. “It was clear from the section to the right of the main stand that some without a ticket entered. A surge happened 15 minutes before kick-off,” he explained.
“Some couples with tickets stood in the aisles rather than arguing with those who were seated in their seats. The stewards were overwhelmed. The thugs were obviously and rightly doomed, but Wembley’s security needs to be better. scenes and abuse against the Italians and their anthem are shameful and also a disaster for the @FA 2030 World Cup bid. England may have missed two tournaments in one night, ”he added .
Riot police were also needed in central London, as large crowds attempted to enter a ticketless fanzone, while others climbed onto buses and lampposts.
Although there were reports of post-game vandalism, fans dispersed shortly after the final whistle amid torrential rain.