The mess that marred the Euro 2020 final must never happen again – UEFA President

The chaotic and violent scenes at last year’s Euro 2020 final at Wembley can never be repeated, according to UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.

An independent review of the mess at London’s National Stadium last July found more than 20 “near misses” that could have resulted in serious injury or death.

Wembley remain in Ceferin’s and UEFA’s favor and the stadium will host its first ‘Finalissima’ match between Italy and Argentina next month, as well as the final of the Women’s Championship later this summer.

A bid by Britain and Ireland for Euro 2028 – where Wembley would almost certainly host the final – is also the big favorite for success.

But Ceferin insisted the lessons of last summer needed to be learned.

“The images of the violence at Wembley Stadium at last year’s EURO final were unacceptable,” he said in his speech to the UEFA Congress in Vienna.

“When a family is watching a EM game or any other competition, it’s time for fun, fun and football.

“People should feel safe in and around a football stadium. They were never meant to feel danger and they felt danger. With the help of the authorities, this cannot happen again. Never.”

The reckless behavior of ticketless occupants attempting, and in some cases succeeding, to gain entry to Wembley Stadium for the England v Italy game on July 11 resulted in an extremely high likelihood of fatalities, according to a security expert who contributed to the Baroness Casey review published in December.

The review found that everyone involved in organizing the finals had collectively failed to plan for the worst-case scenario, but failed to place blame on any single agency. Instead, Casey blamed those involved in the disruption.

The review found police were deployed too late as ticketless supporters gathered outside Wembley from 9am

The Football Association’s chief executive, Mark Bullingham, said at the time: “The review makes it clear that the circumstances leading up to the game resulted in a perfect storm of lawlessness.

“No event is designed to deal with such disgraceful behavior by thousands of ticketless fans. Together we must never allow something like this to happen again.

“Baroness Casey recognizes that in the future we and all authorities will need to look at an event of national importance through a different lens.

“I want to say thank you to everyone who worked on the game that day. Many people went well beyond their roles and carried out their duties with courage and determination. This was often done at personal risk to themselves.

“Lessons learned from this review will ensure that fans at major international events at Wembley have a good experience, as they have for many years.” The mess that marred the Euro 2020 final must never happen again – UEFA President

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