The mood in England right now is chaotic and sad shortly after the country lost to Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley extending England’s 55 years of hurt.
Fans were hoping for a historic night against Italy in what will be England’s first international final in 55 years. But fans exuberant joy made way for despair leading to the arrest of 49 people in London.
According to The Metropolitan Police, 49 persons were arrested by officials policing the Euro 2020 final, and 19 officers were reportedly injured while “facing a volatile crowd”.
A crowd of fans in Leicester Square started a scuffle in London. Troublemakers threw bottles and cones across the area, hitting other fans, while parts of central London were littered with garbage.
Elsewhere, fans were caught on camera burning an Italian flag in central London, according to British Transport Police, while “flaring around railway stations”.
Meanwhile, ticketless fans at Wembley Stadium tried to break through security and enter the stadium to catch a glimpse of the historic final between England and Italy.
In a statement, the police force said: “There was a security breach at Wembley Stadium, resulting in a small number of people entering the stadium without tickets.”
Scotland Yard tweeted: “Our police campaign for the Euro 2020 final comes to an end. Thank you to the thousands of fans who had a good spirit and behaved responsibly.
“We made 49 arrests during the day for various offenses. Officers will be with us throughout the night.
“Disappointingly, 19 of our officers were injured when they were facing a volatile mob. This is completely unacceptable.”
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police Federation, representing thousands of the capital’s police, has excluded those who hurt officials after Sunday evening’s Euro 2020 final match.
The organization responded to a tweet from the weather police, which said that 19 officers were injured by saying: “These people should be ashamed of themselves. They are not fans. They are thugs. We wish our injured comrades well.”
Meanwhile, hundreds of Italians were seen celebrating in Piccadilly Circus, with some wearing ‘It’s coming Rome’ T-shirts.