Football Association opens investigation into Euro 2020 final unrest

By Damian Spellman, PA

The England Football Association has commissioned an independent review to investigate the issues that marred the country’s final Euro 2020 defeat to Italy.

The Football Association said it informed the UK’s Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) of the review over the weekend and pledged to identify those responsible for the “shameful scenes” before and during the match.

An FA statement read: “We are determined to fully understand what happened outside and then inside Wembley Stadium during the UEFA EURO 2020 final on Sunday 11 July 2021.

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

The statement continued, “A key focus of the findings will be to ensure that lessons are learned and such shameful scenes can never be repeated.

“We continue to work with the relevant authorities to support their efforts to identify those responsible and hold them to account. “

The unrest erupted ahead of the match as dozens of people forced their way into the stadium, while there were also ugly scenes in the stands during the match.

Police have since released CCTV footage of some of those they want to question.

Gareth Southgate’s men ultimately lost the final 3-2 on penalties after extra time failed to separate the teams as Leonardo Bonucci called up Luke Shaw’s opener.

Missing Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were subsequently subjected to racist abuse on social media platforms.

The behavior of those who broke into Wembley and online trolls has been widely condemned and has cast a veil over hopes of success for a joint UK-Irish proposal to host the final of the 2030 World Cup.

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