Football is probably too important for some people, as English fans were seen storming the gates at Wembley Stadium to get to the ground where England vs. Italy clash on Sunday.
Videos showing fans running and chanting aggressively have been circulating on social media. According to eyewitnesses, there could have been at least 100 people involved, who did not have tickets to watch the anticipated match.
We witnessed this and I stepped away just in time. If this is even crossing your mind, don’t. You don’t get far. Please don’t ruin it for everyone at Wembley. pic.twitter.com/CoNx4U4CHb— Michelle Owen (@MichelleOwen7) July 11, 2021
Morons. Doing their best to ruin what should be a proud night and a great occasion. Kid’s crying, Wembley temporarily shut down. Idiots, every last one of them. #ENG #ITA #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/YuJFWLmQ5Y— Steve Scott (@stevescott_itv) July 11, 2021
Some seats were allegedly stolen by the "intruders", and they also made people around them feel unsafe.
Steady flow of ticketless fans were still rushing into stands when the opener was scored. Aisles so full, stairs blocked and the disabled area in front of the press box is packed. Paying supporters pleading with helpless stewards to get them out. Kids scared, seats stolen. Unsafe— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) July 11, 2021
Just seen another fan jump down a 20 foot+ wall to try to get into the inner cordon near the media entrance. He’s telling the stewards escorting him away he had his ticket stolen. You don’t get this for a November World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) July 11, 2021
According to British media, Wembley was temporarily shut down due to the chaos. Sky New Sports quoted a spokesman for Wembley as saying, "We are dealing with an incident that occurred at the outer security perimeter area of the stadium, with support from police".
A disturbing scene was captured on camera presumably at the same location. The video shared on Twitter shows football fans beating a random man, with no clear reason for the altercation. What's worse, a kid was reportedly punched by the same fans, but it is not clear from the footage.
Unbelievable footage of violence in Wembley tonight. A literal child gets punched by a full grown man and an Asian man is kicked repeatedly in the head by several people. Disgusting behaviour. pic.twitter.com/NLtvjgF8Fe— Kyle Glen (@KyleJGlen) July 11, 2021
Netizens posted disapproving comments, adding that this is happening on the day when England is supposed to show pride and unity (and at least, some dignity so as not to boo whenever Italian players get the ball).
Watching the footie (obvs) this evening, as a family plus 2 friends, and we are all frankly embarrassed by the #Wembley fans on the #ENG side constantly booing and whining whenever #ITA simply have the ball. Can we all just play, pls? #Euro2020Final #EURO2020— Sophia (@copaceticsoph) July 11, 2021
BBC commentator Gary Lineker has come under fire after he joked about all four pundits in the BCC commentary box having tickets for the final, apparently, finding the disturbing scenes at Wembley amusing.
Twitter users do not seem to share his feelings, as they rushed to savage BBC coverage of England vs. Italy Euro 2020 final match.
Gary lineker thinking it’s funny that England supporters storming Wembley . This is why I don’t respect football or it’s fans , they are an embarrassment to the country .— chad gard (@GardChad) July 11, 2021
Glad to hear knobhead Lineker making a joke about a major security breach at Wembley. 🙄— Bugsy Malone (@BugsyMa55167410) July 11, 2021
Pretty weird BBC's coverage has whitewashed ugly scenes both inside and outside Wembley as reported by public and journalists— Adam Hale (@AdamRHale) July 11, 2021
Lineker just said "one news line for you...small group of fans forced way into stadium..."
Sounds like there's plenty of other worrying ones
"@GaryLineker, in light of these scenes at #Wembley, I think your "the 4 of us have tickets" ha ha is in poor taste. #APPALLING scenes from outside the stadium and Leicester Square. Imagine the scenes if #England win", a user tweeted.
Shocking from @GaryLineker making no effort to call out the disgraceful scenes at Wembley tonight in the #Euro2020Final and even making a joke of it. Completely irresponsible behaviour.@bbc can we have your thoughts please?— JRF (@JRF1875) July 11, 2021
Metropolitan Police tweeted that a "large crowd" has gathered at Trafalgar Square, urging fans to turn back since no seats are available.
A large crowd of fans have gathered near to the fan zone in Trafalgar Square attempting to push in without tickets. There are no more tickets or seats available in the fan zone.— Metropolitan Police Events (@MetPoliceEvents) July 11, 2021
We're engaging with this crowd and telling them to disperse.
FYI you can support the England football team AND call out the vile behaviour by certain fans. Some people don’t get it.— Tom Knight (@TJ_Knight) July 11, 2021
It seems that whoever wins today, fans are going to flood the streets of London, with possible clashes between them and law enforcement.