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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.

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Ticketless fans storm Wembley gates ahead of Euro 2020 final
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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.

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.

1328174284LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Football fans gather in Leicester Square on July 11, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. England meets Italy at Wembley Stadium for the final of the 2020 UEFA European Championships. This will be England's first major competition final in 55 years, while Italy remains unbeaten in their last 33 games. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

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.