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FA pledges full review into Wembley security breach

FOOTBALL By Reuters | July 12th 2021
Video grab shows fans attempting to get through a door meant for disabled access at Wembley Stadium before the Euro 2020 final soccer match between Italy and England, in London, Britain REUTERS

England's Football Association (FA) will conduct a full review into Sunday's security breach at Wembley Stadium ahead of the European Championship final, chief executive Mark Bullingham has told the BBC.

Fans clashed with each other and officials, breached security cordons and charged into the perimeter area of Wembley before the start of the match.

"We will do a full review and we will work with the police to catch anyone involved and make sure we can prevent it ever happening again," Bullingham told the BBC on Monday.

July 11, 2021 England fan reacts after Italy wins the Euro 2020 at Trafalgar Square REUTERS

"Anyone caught will obviously be banned and have the right action taken against them. There were a large number of drunken yobs trying to force their way in. We run a stadium, not a fortress.

"We have got a fantastic security team at the stadium and they had never seen anything like it. I have to apologise to any fans whose experience was affected and any of the team who had to cope with this."

The Metropolitan Police said they had made 49 arrests connected to the incident and that 19 of its officers were injured as they confronted "volatile" crowds.

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