FA launch independent review into crowd trouble at Euro 2020 final

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The Football Association (FA) has annnounced that it will launch an independent review into the crowd trouble that accompanied the Euro 2020 final at Wembley. 

The clash, won by Italy over England on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time, was marred by incidents prior to kick-off involving fans at the stadium. 

UEFA has already stated its intention to investigate a series of charges in connection with the fracas. 

What was said? 

"We are determined to fully understand what happened outside and then inside Wembley Stadium at the UEFA EURO 2020 Final on Sunday 11 July 2021," the FA confirmed in a statement released on Monday.

"We informed DCMS [the UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport] at the weekend that an independent review led by Baroness Casey of Blackstock has been commissioned to report on the facts and circumstances involved. It will speak to all parties concerned and include external experts.

"A key emphasis of the findings will be to ensure that lessons are learned and such disgraceful scenes are never able to be repeated. We continue to work with the relevant authorities in support of their efforts to identify those responsible and hold them to account."

What happened at Wembley? 

A large number of supporters began congregating at the stadium early on Sunday, hours before the final was scheduled to kick-off. 

Images from Wembley later showed individuals allegedly breaking into the ground without tickets, while there were further complaints that fans who did have tickets were unable to take their seats as a result. 

Last week, UEFA revealed that England would be investigated on charges of Invasion of the field of play by its supporters, Throwing of objects by its supporters, Disturbance caused by its supporters during the national anthem and Lighting of a firework by its supporters.

The Metropolitan Police described the events as "disgraceful", while affirming that 19 officers had been injured in the melee

In total 26 arrests were made at Wembley, while a further 25 individuals were detained around central London on Sunday in connection with the disturbances.

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