MARTIN SAMUEL: Drunk, glory-hunters and two-bob thugs shame us all… we deserve everything we get for the horrible chaos wreaked at Wembley during the Euro 2020 final

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  • England were banned from the stadium for two matches, one of which is suspended.
  • FA fined £84,560 for ‘lack of order and discipline in and around the stadium’
  • Penalty overdue, top to bottom because of complacency around the game
  • Behind the chaos the glory hunters and attention seekers won’t care about the ban
  • My brother said it was the worst night of a football match ever

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The kind of fans who have shamed the stadium when Wembley is ordered to close in June, we consider it the home of football, will not matter.

A run-of-the-mill Nations League fixture isn’t his idea of ​​a big night anyway. They are glory-hunters, brazen attention-seekers, drunken, two-bob thugs. They intimidate children and target those who follow home-out-of-England, through thick and thin.


They seize tickets and places from those who saved up for the occasion, threaten and attack because they have an indomitable sense of authority. And watching Wembley empty because English fans lost their right to participate in the eyes of UEFA wouldn’t bother them because, let’s face it, they weren’t going to go anyway.

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England ordered to play a match behind closed doors as punishment for Wembley chaos

So, ultimately, the wrong people are punished. But do not believe for a moment that English football is not getting what it deserves for the horrific chaos at Wembley on the day of the European Championship final.

Whatever it is, it’s overdue. There is a complacency about our game from top to bottom.

Hooliganism is something that happens elsewhere, usually in Eastern Europe, like racism.

Even law enforcers play it. The first meeting of the Security Advisory Group for the Summer Wembley fixtures took place on 4 June and was attended by a member of the Metropolitan Police Force, a lowly sergeant.

Fans clash with stewards and police while attempting to break into Wembley on July 11

Fans clash with stewards and police while attempting to break into Wembley on July 11

In the post-riot interactions on 20 July, there were six from the Meteorological Department, including a chief inspector.

Let’s not pretend that organizational capability is again not part of the discussion here. Laughter, the Football Association is also reporting that they are ‘disappointed’ with UEFA’s decision, despite chief executive Mark Bullingham previously describing a ‘six-hour siege’ by ‘Lawless Yobbs’ .

The FA lost control of the area around the National Stadium which has been developed aggressively by property investment company Quinton.

They also deny behavior and warning signs in matches before the final.

A fan draped in the flag of England looks on as supporters of the ticket accompany the invaders

A fan draped in the flag of England looks on as supporters of the ticket accompany the invaders

The official line is that there were no problems on semi-final day, for example, beyond the odd instance of tailgating on the turnstile. This is a lie. There were six members of my family in the field that day. West Ham season ticket holders; The other who goes to Chelsea several times every season. This wasn’t his first rodeo, keep it that way.

After the victory, it was thought whether they would now pay again to try for the final ticket. no chance. The general consensus was that no one should go within 20 miles of the venue given the behavior of the fans against Denmark.

My brother said it was the worst night ever in a football match, but the FA saw nothing.

So now Wembley closes, and perhaps not for the only time, if UEFA decides to take a dim view of future misdemeanors as well as past offenses.

This will not matter to the firework-up-the-fundament brigade, but it is a new low for English football, and must be addressed.

Fans rush through security barriers at Wembley moments before the Euro 2020 final

Fans cross security barriers at Wembley moments before Euro 2020 final


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