London police have taken 45 football fans into custody after clashes between fans and officers led to ticketless spectators storming into Wembley Stadium.
- COVID restrictions limited the number of fans at Wembley to 60,000, despite the stadium’s capacity of 90,000
- Footage on social media shows fans without tickets storming past police officers and barricades
- Wembley officials said no fan without a ticket was in the stadium, but this was disputed by journalists at the ground
Footage shared widely on social media appeared to show fans breaching the barrier and running up the stairs into the stadium ahead of England’s match with Italy in the final of Euro 2020.
Stewards and police attempted to hold fans back as they pushed through security barriers.
There were also clashes during the match, with thousands of fans gathered around the stadium leading to 45 people being arrested.
“A number of officers remain on duty, helping fans leaving Wembley or central London. We are there to look out for your safety,” the Metropolitan Police said on Twitter.
More than 60,000 supporters were expected at Wembley Stadium, down from the 90,000 capacity due to COVID requirements.
After fans stormed the barricades, Wembley said officials “are dealing with an incident that occurred at the outer security perimeter area of the stadium.”
“Safety measures were quickly activated in the relevant areas and there were no security breaches of people without tickets getting inside the stadium.”
Footage taken from inside the stadium appeared to show a number of fans inside the Wembley Stadium concourse, leaping over barriers and running up stairs.
Despite officials saying no fans had gained access, a number of reporters questioned a group of 30-40 men who had sat in front of the press area before being removed by stewards.
Fans also been gathered in large numbers around the capital, with a heavy police presence observed at several sites.
Many fans had set up camp early, with thousands queuing to get into pub gardens before lunchtime and others packed into city squares.
Hundreds of fans draped in red-and-white flags threw and smashed bottles in Leicester Square earlier on Sunday.
Hours before kick-off, Wembley Way was crammed with supporters all the way from the underground station to the stadium.
Beer cans and bottles flew through the air as acrid smoke from flares drifted through the crowd, and supporters dressed in England shirts of various vintages sang and chanted.
Italy were crowned European Champions after a penalty shootout was needed to separate them from England.