The blame game erupts as the Met Police Federation laments the pandemonium at Wembley Stadium during the Euro 2020 final.
One of the Metropolitan Police Federation’s top brass has chastised Wembley Stadium personnel for failing to halt fans attempting to break the stadium’s security ahead of the Euro 2020 final.
Every constable, sergeant, inspector, and chief inspector in the Met — a total of over 30,000 officers – is a member of the Metropolitan Police Federation. The Football Association, Wembley security staff, and the police have all been chastised for how they handled the incident on Sunday night. A large group of fans was videotaped attempting to push their way into Wembley Stadium in England to watch the team’s first major final since 1966.
Ken Marsh, the chairman of the Met Police Federation, criticised the FA for choosing private security contractors over the police to maintain control of the situation earlier today.
Mr Marsh further claimed that stadium security did not notify the police about the increasing problems quickly enough.
Fans without tickets should not have been permitted to “float around” the stadium before the game, he added.
“Wembley is a private premises,” Mr Marsh said BBC Radio 4. We don’t enforce laws on private property.
“We used to police Premiership games at Wembley and other venues, and they had to pay for it.
“They didn’t want to pay the required amount of money, so they hired private security agencies.
“When it was brought to our knowledge that many thousand individuals were attempting to force their way in during the game on Sunday, it was too late for us because we were on the wrong side of them and unable to prevent them from doing so.
“We had previously raised concerns about this since there were way too many people in the Wembley area for an 8 p.m. kickoff. There were tens of thousands of people floating around, which was extraordinary.
“It was too late by the time it was brought to our attention.”
The number of spectators who allegedly broke the ground’s security is expected to be over 5,000, according to the investigation.
According to sources, that sum might easily rise after the inquiry is completed.
Despite the first statement claiming that there had been only one incident, some people have alleged that people were flowing into the stadium during the game.
“Brinkwire Summary News,” by Dame Cressida, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Department.