The Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Jane Connors revealed that the Euro 2020 final at Wembley was at risk of being abandoned had police officers not intervened. Thousands of fans without tickets fought with security to try and enter the stadium on Sunday. Jane Connors said she did “not accept that the policing operation failed”. she went on to say that she had no doubt the situation would have escalated had the police officers not reached the stadium.
“Ahead of the final, police commanders deployed one of the most significant and comprehensive policing plans the Met has ever committed to a football match of this scale,” Connors said talking about the Euro 2020 final at Wembley. “I am in no doubt that their swift action prevented any further escalation. I do not accept that the policing operation failed and I stand by the difficult decisions made by police officers and the Met’s public order commanders. Without their immediate intervention, it is possible that this game could have been abandoned.”
A number of ticketless fans forced their way through security and broke through the barriers. The footage was uploaded on social media of fans jumping walls to gain access to the stadium. 19 officers were injured after being confronted with volatile crowds. a total of 51 people were arrested on Sunday, 26 at Wembley while 24 were arrested in various parts of London.
“The ugly scenes at Wembley on Sunday night will rightly be reviewed by the Football Association and by police,” Connors said. “Where lessons can be learned we will work with partners to ensure that future matches are not disrupted by a group of hooligans who are fuelled by alcohol.”