REVEALED: 5,000 fans without tickets are estimated to have broken into Wembley for the Euro 2020 final as UEFA official says three thugs came in for every full-paying supporter two hours before kick-off… but mess has NO effect on bid at the 2030 World Cup
- More than 5,000 ticketless fans have been granted entry to Wembley for the European Championship final
- Massive breakdown of law and order sent thugs storming into the national stadium
- A UEFA official says there was a spike two hours before kick-off
- Yet last weekend’s farce will cause ‘minimal’ damage to the 2030 World Cup bid
According to a UEFA event manager at the match, more than 5,000 ticketless fans have been given access to last weekend’s Euro 2020 final between England and Italy.
It was a massive collapse of public order, a potential terrorist threat and a serious health risk with strict coronavirus protocols being ignored.
A separate UEFA source has told The Mail on Sunday that the estimate of the number of ticketless fans is ‘in four figures’, and the FA chiefs will provide answers to Parliament this week. The Digital Culture Media and Sport Committee has demanded a response from FA chief Mark Bullingham.
It is estimated that 5,000 ticketless thugs broke into Wembley for the Euro 2020 final
Security barriers were compromised after a wave of thugs broke into the national stadium
The FA say they will conduct a full assessment and investigation in conjunction with the police, the Greater London Authority, the Safety Advisory Group and stakeholders in organizing tournaments.
The UEFA manager described how “we expect that at some point, two hours before kick-off, three more for each cardholder will have been granted access for an extended period,” including disabled access at Gate C.
However, it is clear to UEFA, the governing body of European football, that any damage from a potential bid for the 2030 World Cup in the UK and Ireland will be minimal. The credit the government and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have gained in preventing the breakaway European Super League will protect the UK from any long-term damage. UEFA confirmed last week that Wembley will host the 2024 Champions League final.
Using TV footage, UEFA eyewitness accounts and video posted on social media, the UEFA events manager, speaking to The Mail on Sunday, has estimated that 5,000 more than the allotted 65,000 people have gained access to the stadium.
UEFA has launched an inquiry as the FA answers Parliament next week
At one point, three ticketless thugs came in for every full-paying supporter. Witnesses told about drug trafficking, drug use, drunkenness and aggressive behavior in the capital
This could increase as UEFA’s ethics and disciplinary inspectors complete their investigation. The event manager, who was not officially on duty on Sunday but attended the match, said: ‘At one point, two hours before kick-off, we expect three more entry for each ticket holder for an extended period of time. .
“Our demands are that supporters be filtered as soon as possible, to separate real ticket holders from fans who just want to be part of the atmosphere. For grand finals, we normally expect between five and eight percent of supporters above any allocation to travel to the outer stadium area. This normally disappears before kick-off as fans head to local bars, restaurants or fan parks to watch the match. This didn’t happen here.’
Staff were ‘overwhelmed’ and authorities estimated that there were up to 200,000 in the Wembley area. The Metropolitan Police, responsible for public order outside the stadium, denied that they had failed in this task, although witnesses spoke of drug trafficking, drug use, drunken and aggressive behavior, as well as male fans urinating in the street.
The perimeter of the stadium and internal security are the responsibility of the FA. Those without tickets forced their way through turnstiles due to their sheer numbers and ‘tailgating’ of real cardholders – squeezing through electronic turnstiles behind paying customers, threatening not to draw attention.
Added the UEFA source. “From my position, the lower northwest and northeast areas showed the greatest signs of uplift. Access and exit roads were indistinguishable from seating areas. Even in the extra time, I saw fans coming in through unmanned turnstiles.”
However, Sunday’s events are unlikely to harm the UK and Ireland’s 2030 World Cup bid as UEFA credits Boris Johnson for helping halt the creation of the European Super League