Euro 2020: ‘Wembley Way was a disgrace’ says Swarbrick
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Ticketless England fans clashed with police and security while trying to storm into Wembley for their Euro 2020 final against Italy. Now there are increasing calls for England to be excluded from the World Cup next year to prevent similar scenes.
Kings Cross station also had to be evacuated before the game due to fireworks while bottles were thrown, windows were smashed and arrests were made elsewhere across London.
Metropolitan Police said 19 officers were injured and 86 arrests were made in connection to the game for a variety of offences. A spokesperson for Scotland Yard said the behaviour was “wholly unacceptable”.
As a result, a number of Britons are calling for England to be banned from next year’s World Cup in Qatar, taking to Twitter to lambast the fans’ behaviour before Sunday’s final.
One wrote: “I hope England get banned from the World Cup and the next Euros for the fans behaviour tonight absolutely disgusting”.
Another said: “England should be banned from participating in the World Cup next year. Treat the fans like the children they are and take it away from them.’
A third commented: “Embarrassed to be British! If that is how England fans behave, it does NOT deserve to ‘come home’. But we DO deserve to be banned from the World Cup! Maybe that will teach the hooligans a lesson! Or not”.
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Another concluded: “England should be banned from the World Cup next year for the continuous behaviour of their fans!”
During a national press conference on Monday evening, Boris Johnson condemned the actions of what he said was a “minority of people” during the final.
He raged at those racially abusing players on social media and told them to “crawl back under the rock from which you emerged”.
The Prime Minister added that the UK will continue with its bid to host the World Cup in 2030 despite Sunday’s violent scenes.
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