Ticketless fans storm Wembley gates ahead of Euro 2020 final
Thousands of fans are taking in the atmosphere down the iconic Wembley Way ahead of Italy versus England.
The atmosphere around Wembley has been building all day ahead of Sunday's final between Italy and England. In some parts of the city, it has turned ugly, with ticketless fans clashing with stewards before kick-off.
Febrile atmosphere at Wembley. This is near the main entrance to Club Wembley a few minutes ago where it looked like a group of fans broke through the security cordon. Stewards currently chasing people around. Not sure they’ll get all the way to the wine and canapés pic.twitter.com/YTIx8eQLz2— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) July 11, 2021
London's Metropolitan Police has urged fans who don't have tickets to the final in the English capital to stay away from Wembley amid a surge in covid-19 infections.
Thousands of fans of Italy and England are taking in the atmosphere down the iconic Wembley Way. Revellers have also filled the streets in London ahead of the European Championship final.
Fans force their way in
At Wembley, footage showed fans trying to force their way past barriers to get into the stadium. A spokesperson for Wembley Stadium said: "We are dealing with an incident that occurred at the outer security perimeter area of the stadium, with support from police.
"Safety measures were quickly activated in the relevant areas and there were no security breaches of people without tickets getting inside the stadium."
Southgate urges fans not to boo
England head coach Gareth Southgate has urged fans not to boo the Italian national anthem. "It's important that our fans always respect the opposition and we know that in fact when we play abroad and fans boo our anthem it probably inspires us even more, so I don't think it will help the team," Southgate said.
Horrendous walk down Wembley way, ended up dodging bottles and beer thrown in the air & walking on broken glass all the way 🤷🏽♂️ what is wrong with people 😩— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) July 11, 2021
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