The Euro 2020 final at Wembley could have been abandoned had police officers not intervened, the Met Police’s deputy assistant commissioner has said.
Crowds of ticketless fans pushed through security to try and fought with police to try and get into the England vs Italy game on Sunday.
Deputy assistant commissioner Jane Connors said she did “not accept that the policing operation failed” and she has “no doubt” that intervention by police stopped the disruption from escalating.
She said a day that was meant to be of “national pride” was “sadly tarnished by a minority of disorderly and violent fans who attempted to hijack the final for their own selfish personal gain”.
“Ahead of the final, police commanders deployed one of the most significant and comprehensive policing plans the Met has ever committed to a football match of this scale”, she added.
Soon after gates opened, the stewarding and outer security perimeter became overwhelmed and fans began pushing through security checks.
“I am in no doubt that their swift action prevented any further escalation”, she said.
“I do not accept that the policing operation failed and I standby the difficult decisions made by police officers and the Met’s public order commanders. Without their immediate intervention, it is possible that this game could have been abandoned”.