A man was repeatedly kicked in the head while lying on the floor in disturbing scenes ahead of last night’s Euros final at Wembley.
Dozens of ticketless supporters were reportedly able to breach security barriers and push past stewards who struggled to keep them at bay.
Video footage taken inside the concourse showed England fans turn on each other ahead of kick off as supporters inside the stadium fought to keep trespassers out.
Amid the vicious clashes a man can be seen being knocked to the ground and then showered with blows by at least three other individuals.
In the same video a middle-aged man can be seen punching what appears to be a teenager as he bolts through the chaos.
An official spokesperson for the stadium initially denied people had managed to get in without a ticket but later confirmed a ‘small group’ had.
In separate footage, hopelessly outnumbered stewards are seen standing by powerlessly as fans jump over barriers.
According to one person who saw the commotion, opportunistic intruders targeted a door used by fans in wheelchairs as it does not have a turnstile.
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One witness told the Daily Mirror: ‘Ticketless fans broke through disabled doors and jumping in auto turnstile to try to piggyback on people. No stewards or police in area. Real mess.’
Another said: ‘I’ve just seen a dad and his son about 10 get in without tickets.
‘Run, get stopped by stewards. Taken out then run back inside again. This is madness.’
He added: ‘Fights breaking out. Couple of kids crying. One fan told me problem was at “pre check” at top of Wembley Way not being carried out properly. It’s quite frightening on the concourses.’
One fan called the ‘embarrassing behaviour’ of a ‘small minority’ as disgraceful.
Fans without tickets were warned they would be ‘immediately ejected’ by stadium security and the police but it is unclear how many were able to remain inside.
Only around 60,000 fans were allowed into Wembley Stadium for the clash against Italy, around two thirds of its total capacity, due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The Metropolitan Police has confirmed 49 people were arrested and 19 injured across various incidents linked to the final, including disorder at a fan park in Trafalgar Square.
A total of 49 people were arrested by Met Police before 2am on Monday morning, while 19 officers were injured as they worked to control violent crowds.
The Met Police tweeted: “Thank you to the tens of thousands of fans who had good spirits and behaved responsibly.
“We made 49 arrests during the day for a variety of offences. We will have officers on hand throughout the night.”
They added: “Frustratingly, 19 of our officers were injured while they confronted volatile crowds.
“This is wholly unacceptable. A big thanks to officers across London and our blue light colleagues for their part in keeping Londoner’s safe and moving tonight.”
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