Police have confirmed that the UEFA EURO 2020 has officially become England’s worst football tournament on record for crime.
Over the course of the tournament and in the aftermath of the final, there have been over 2,300 police incidents linked to the Euros, with 875 during the final alone. At least 622 people have been arrested so far across England and Wales, with reports of stabbings, fights, and assaults on officers.
Figures are still being collated, but the rates of crime during the tournaments have already surpassed the 2018 World Cup, with ‘significant disorder all around the country’.
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The national lead for football policing, Cheshire Constabulary Chief Constable Mark Roberts shared, ‘The 2018 World Cup in Russia was the worst we had seen, but sadly this tournament surpassed that. The levels of violence shown against officers has been completely unacceptable.’
‘We have seen random attacks on Italians… Italians celebrating the win have been attacked. We haven’t seen massive numbers but there have been far too many. We do see these incidents when England get knocked out of tournaments in terms of the targeting of foreign nationals,’ he continued.
Ticketless fans broke into Wembley on the day of the final, causing injuries among stewards and police officers. Roberts also spoke about the ‘significant’ level of drug and alcohol consumption. ‘The result was disappointing but that’s sport. Some of the other stuff around it has been a lot more disappointing,’ he added.
Following these violent scenes at the final, UEFA has opened disciplinary hearings against England’s Football Association.