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Looking Inwards… English FA Launches Own Probe Into Chaos At Euro Final

England supporters throw a tree as they gather in Leicester Square
England supporters throw a tree as they gather in Leicester Square before the Euro 2020 final against Italy. Photo: Joshua Bratt/EPA

July 19, (THEWILL) – Two days after THEWILL reported that the European football governing body UEFA charged the English Football Association for four offences related to chaotic scenes at the Euro 2020 final, the FA has launched an independent review of its own.

The football body intends to uncover events surrounding what it termed the “disgraceful scenes” that marred the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy and led to acts of hooliganism, vandalism, riots and a number of arrests.

THEWILL recalls that at the Wembley-hosted final, about 5,000 ticketless supporters gained access into the grounds by forcing their way into the stadium and clashing with stewards and police during the game itself. They left in their trail, broken gates and terraces plus a series of ugly scenes of violence on the concourses.

In the disturbance that resulted, the Metropolitan Police made several arrests and have called for public assistance in identifying 10 men who they believe were involved with the violence and disorder directly.

In a formal statement announcing the launch of their review, the FA said: “We are determined to fully understand what happened outside and then inside Wembley Stadium at the UEFA EURO 2020 Final on Sunday 11 July 2021.

“We informed DCMS at the weekend that an independent review led by Baroness Casey of Blackstock has been commissioned to report on the facts and circumstances involved. It will speak to all parties concerned and include external experts.

“A key emphasis of the findings will be to ensure that lessons are learned and such disgraceful scenes are never able to be repeated. We continue to work with the relevant authorities in support of their efforts to identify those responsible and hold them to account.”

As THEWILL reported, one of those who got caught up in the melee was the father of England captain Harry Maguire, who was fortunate to escape with what the Manchester United defender said was “suspected broken ribs.”

The FA review coincides with the UEFA-appointed inspector mandated to conduct a separate investigation into the major security breaches before the match on Sunday, which is likely to lead to further charges against the FA by UEFA at its conclusion.