Euro 2020 final: ‘security breach’ at Wembley Stadium as small group of people enter venue

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“There was a security breach and a small group of people entered the stadium,” the spokesperson told CNN. “We are now working closely with the stewards and stadium security to remove these people.

Earlier on Sunday, the English Football Association confirmed the security incident in the area of ​​the outer security perimeter of the stadium, but with the support of the British police, “security measures were quickly activated in the affected areas and there has been no violation of the safety of people without tickets entering the stadium. “

European football’s governing body UEFA also said in a statement that fans without tickets had not entered the stadium, condemning “such unacceptable behavior on the football pitches”.

Sunday’s centerpiece was the first major international football final England had reached since 1966.
However, in a tense final, it was Italy who won their first major title in 15 years with a victory on penalties.

In the early hours of Monday, the FA tweeted its condemnation of “the behavior of a group of people who forced their way into Wembley Stadium ahead of the EURO 2020 final”.

“These people are a shame for the England team and for all true fans who wanted to enjoy one of the most important games in our history,” the FA said in another tweet.

London Metropolitan Police said they made 45 arrests while monitoring Sunday’s game.

The organization did not say exactly when the arrests ended, but earlier police tweeted that they were monitoring fan activity across London before and during the match.

Hours before England play Italy in the Euro 2020 final, thousands of supporters crowd outside Leicester Square tube station.
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“People jumping from lampposts”

In central London, fans gathered to watch the final start to leave Leicester Square as people started to throw beers, PA News reported.

“We just got out of there because it was too much. They’re trying to barricade the road and everything,” Thulase Sivasothy told PA News.

“We were just in Soho now and it’s crazy. There is so much passion in London today,” added Sivasothy.

Another fan, Eric Pinto, told PA News: “People throw beers. But that’s England, that’s how we celebrate. I can’t even imagine what it will be like if we win. . “

UK Metropolitan Police said they saw “people jumping off lampposts or signs”.

“The streets around Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square are full of fans. We have officers on hand. We urge everyone to protect themselves and look out for each other,” Metropolitan Police tweeted.

Rowdy’s fans also attempted to make their way into a fan zone in Trafalgar Square set up to watch Sunday’s final, according to Metropolitan Police.

“A large crowd of fans has gathered near the Trafalgar Square fan zone to try to enter without tickets. There are no more tickets or seats available in the fan zone. We are intervening with this crowd and their let’s say disperse, “Metropolitan Police said on Twitter.

Samantha Beech, Jennifer Hauser, Wayne Sterling, Aleks Klosok, and Zayn Nabbi contributed to this report

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