Fans storm the security gate at Wembley before the final against Italy
Warning: Some of the videos in the following article show graphic violence.
England fans eagerly awaited the start of the Euro 2020 final against Italy, but a section of the fans outside Wembley got tired of waiting, resulting in some scary scenes.
An unknown number of un-ticketed fans stormed a security gate in front of the stadium and overwhelmed security guards as they tried to get inside.
A video shows how the storming fans are violent, hitting and kicking other fans.
It seems that hundreds of fans were able to pass the first security checkpoints. A statement from a Wembley spokesman said no fans could get into the actual stadium.
“We are dealing with an incident that took place in the other security area of the stadium with the support of the police. The security measures were activated quickly in the relevant areas and there were no security breaches by people entering the stadium without tickets.”
Ticketless fans at Wembley
Despite the initial statement from Wembley, reporters inside tweeted that fans had indeed been allowed into the stadium.
The Independent’s Miguel Delaney reported that fans are asking the media to take an active part in the issue and Wembley staff have no idea what to do.
New York Times reporter Tariq Panja tweeted a photo of fans in the hallways. He also said that Wembley employees cleared the crowded halls, but there aren’t enough people to take care of it.
Wembley officials eventually released a new statement confirming that fans had broken into the stadium without a ticket.
Panja also tweeted a video of a stalemate between fans and security forces outside the stadium.
He was also able to get an idea of the door many of the ticketless fans stormed through.
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