As England’s men’s team attempted to win the Euro 2020 on the pitch, there were ugly scenes in the stands and around Wembley both before, during and after the match.
Drunken and intoxicated individuals congregated in their thousands on Wembley Way, hours before the match kicked off at 8pm on Sunday. Families reportedly left the stadium before full time as the atmosphere had reportedly become very tense and uneasy as people who didn’t have tickets managed to make their way into Wembley and get access to empty seats that were vacant because of Covid measures.
Disturbing scenes also emerged on social media of fans fighting each other in the concourses as large crowds managed to force themselves into the stadium as helpless stewards were unable to contain the masses, leading to some suffering injuries.
Phil Clarke, a long time England away fan told The Independent:“The lack of policing on Wembley Way was so stark. If you take a Millwall game at Leeds United as an example, there are dog handlers everywhere and probably one copper for every two or three fans. On Sunday, they were invisible around the perimeter.”
Inside the stadium, it wasn’t just regular fans who were subject to the thuggery. The British-Belgian Formula One driver Lando Norris was left “shaken” after he had a rare watch gifted to him by McClaren stolen by a group as he was returning to his car in the Wembley car park.
A statement from the Formula One team said Norris was being supported ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
It read: “McLaren Racing can confirm that Lando Norris was involved in an incident, after the Euro 2020 final match at Wembley, during which the watch he was wearing was taken.
“Thankfully, Lando was unharmed but he is understandably shaken. The team is supporting Lando and we are sure that racing fans will join us in wishing him all the best for the British Grand Prix this weekend.
“As this is now a police matter we cannot comment further.”
Norris has since been inundated with support from fans on Twitter and condemning those who stole his watch.
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