A steward at Wembley throughout Sunday’s Euro 2020 remaining informed talkSPORT how he feared for his security as reckless thugs ran amok making an attempt to achieve entry to the stadium.
The build-up to the England vs Italy remaining, which was received by the Italians in a penalty shootout, was marred by surprising scenes on Wembley Means.
talkSPORT’s Darren Bent described the scenes like ‘World Battle 3’ as followers had been inflicting mayhem letting off flares and throwing bottles and cans of alcohol.
Various ticketless followers managed to get into Wembley stadium and watch the match. Movies had been posted on social media of individuals being attacked inside the stadium concourses.
It was additionally reported that COVID-19 checks weren’t being made as workers on the stadium had been overwhelmed.
Sergio was a steward at Wembley on Sunday and stated he felt unsafe whereas working on the sport within the ‘nightmare’ scenes, and a few followers with tickets already within the stadium had been ‘terrified’.
“I used to be stewarding at Wembley on Sunday and it was fairly an expertise to say the least,” he stated on talkSPORT Breakfast.
“I used to be a bit additional down than the place the movies confirmed, however we heard a giant rapture, it was a nightmare, he heard a load of noise.
“Rapidly we simply noticed guys capturing from left, proper, in all places, simply making an attempt to get away from the orange stewards who’re the primary responses who are supposed to cease every thing like that.
“I used to be a yellow steward who simply signifies the place you go, however these guys had been simply flying in.
“We had been close to the Italian part they usually had been simply darting in between the boundaries, although the Italian part and to the opposite aspect. It was only a nightmare.
“Everybody will get checked by safety whenever you’re coming into Wembley, however you didn’t know if these guys had been carrying knives, there might have been stabbings, something.
“The Italians felt very unsafe from what was happening, they had been terrified.
“I bought to Wembley at 1pm as a result of stewards should be there early, and you would really feel the animosity constructing, and as quickly as individuals began coming in you simply felt it simply wasn’t proper.
“The entire environment was not secure, there have been no police… there have been extra police on the Germany sport than there have been on Sunday, and folks had been even asking me, ‘the place are the police?’
“You possibly can really feel the stress within the air the longer the sport went on.
“I’ve bought to be sincere, I feared for my very own private security, in fact, since you don’t learn about these individuals and in the event that they had been going to hurry you simply to get in.
“I requested for them to cease to test their tickets however they only ran by.
“And hear, I don’t earn sufficient to place my life on the road for it. I felt actually unsafe.
“There was solely myself and one different man patrolling our bay and there ought to have been much more.
“All of us stated it, we did really feel unsafe. We needed to ask a few individuals to go away as a result of they had been shouting horrible issues to a younger household, we requested for them to be moved, however even the speedy response group took half an hour to get to us to eject these drunk and disorderlies.
“It was only a joke, it was a farce, to be sincere with you.”
The FA stated the evaluate could be performed alongside the police, the Better London Authority, the Security Advisory Group and match stakeholders.
The governing physique defended the extent of stewarding and safety in place for the match, saying it ‘exceeded the necessities for the match’ and was ‘higher than every other earlier occasion at Wembley Stadium’.
A spokesperson added: “The behaviour of the individuals who illegally compelled their manner into the stadium was unacceptable, harmful and confirmed complete disregard for the protection and safety protocols in place.
“No steward or safety workers must be subjected to this kind of behaviour and we thank them for his or her help on the evening.”