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FA launches investigation into Wembley Stadium mayhem

The English Football Association has announced an investigation into the major security breach at Wembley Stadium during the Euro 2020 Final.

Hundreds of ticketless fans broke into the stadium before the match between England and Italy.

Trouble had been brewing all day as supporters gathered along Wembley Way. Scenes turned nasty in the hours before kick-off as some fans stormed the outer perimeter and gained access to the stadium by pushing through barriers.

Fights broke out in the stands as fans with tickets were unable to access their seats.

The FA said in a statement:

We will carry out a full review and investigation into the events that took place at Wembley Stadium before and during the UEFA EURO 2020 Final. This will be done in collaboration with the Police, the Greater London Authority, the Safety Advisory Group and the tournament delivery stakeholders.

Security and stewarding numbers for the UEFA EURO 2020 Final exceeded the requirements for the match and were greater than any other previous event at Wembley Stadium. However, the behaviour of the people who illegally forced their way into the stadium was unacceptable, dangerous and showed total disregard for the safety and security protocols in place.

No steward or security staff should be subjected to this type of behaviour and we thank them for their support on the night. We also apologise to anyone at the match whose experience was affected by this unprecedented level of public disorder.

We will continue to work with the relevant authorities to identify and take action against these people where possible.

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham added:

We will do a full review and we will work with the police to catch anyone involved and make sure we can prevent it ever happening again.

Anyone caught will obviously be banned and have the right action taken against them. There were a large number of drunken yobs trying to force their way in. We run a stadium, not a fortress.

We have got a fantastic security team at the stadium and they had never seen anything like it. I have to apologise to any fans whose experience was affected and any of the team who had to cope with this.

The Metropolitan Police said they had made 89 arrests connected to the incident and that 19 of its officers were injured as they confronted “volatile” crowds.

UEFA is also expected to launch an investigation into the trouble.