Euro 2020, delayed almost a year due to an ‘unspecified virus of unknown origin’ (Read: China), reached its fitting climax on the lush green turf of the historical Wembley Stadium with the Azzurri’s taking the coveted trophy home, for the second time in their illustrious footballing history. England showed incredible gusto to reach the finals and nearly won the trophy but the ‘exclusive’ eluded them once again. However, as good as the performance of the ‘three lions’ was on the pitch, it was all diluted by the brash, raucous, uncivilized and uncouth behaviour by the English fans and spectators alike.
Hours before the kickoff, thousands of English fans started gathering on the streets leading to the Stadium. However, as the time of the kickoff drew close, the English fans started turning into hooligans, under the heavy influence of alcohol, and created some distasteful scenes, littering the place with garbage and indulging in hostile behaviour.
England fans yesterday, and Japanese fans cleaning up after losing to Belgium in the World Cup. pic.twitter.com/fQIfiiFCCU
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) July 12, 2021
Groups of England fans without tickets forced their way through the Wembley turnstiles. Supporters breached security barriers outside the stadium and squeezed behind ticket-holders or burst through the electronic gates that allow entry to the concourses and seats. The videos of fans creating ruckus and battling with stewards and police to go past the lines surfaced on social media and received widespread criticism.
Police can’t stop the England 🏴 fans without tickets storming the ticket entrances at Wembley – not enough riot police to deal with the weight amount of the crowd – kicking off !!! pic.twitter.com/ZM7KpbMmQJ
— Paul Brown 🇬🇧 Browns fan🏈 London News 🎥Vlogger (@PaulBrown_UK) July 11, 2021
🚨🙄 | NEW: People trying to get into Wembley without tickets pic.twitter.com/SOWTDaY7oc
— News For All (@NewsForAllUK) July 11, 2021
The ugly scenes were not limited to the streets as violence broke inside the premises of the Wembley stadium. Few English fans took to allegedly punching Italian fans inside the stadium, according to media reports.
Despicable behaviour. You disgrace yourself and your country by doing this. pic.twitter.com/0ilc3Gq779
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) July 12, 2021
Marcus Rashford, the young Manchester United striker who missed an unfortunate penalty on the big stage last evening, along with other young striplings in Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka received racial abuse and vitriol on the online platforms. Rashford’s mural in Manchester was vandalised by the miscreants as well.
Booing and racially abusing the fine young men that play for our country and have given us so much pleasure and joy over the last month is not being an @england fan. That goes for the pathetic fighting at the ground too. It’s a minority but it’s a loud one and it’s embarrassing.
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) July 12, 2021
Vandalising the Marcus Rashford mural in Manchester.
What is wrong with you people? If you can't handle your sauce, then do not drink. If you can't handle defeat, don't watch sport. If you don't want to evolve, then please piss off to dwell in a cave with the rest of the thugs.
— David Scott (@arghkid) July 12, 2021
Do not racially abuse those players tonight !
— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) July 11, 2021
The English spectators inside the stadium, for the umpteenth time in the tournament, booed the opposition players while the Italian national anthem played. Similarly, when players took the knee to show support for the BLM cause, some miscreants showed their ghoulish behaviour.
When England’s players took the knee last night, I was pleased to hear loud applause drown out a few boos.
Then our black stars get horrifically racially abused after the game.
This is why they take the knee.
This is why I support them in taking the knee.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 12, 2021
Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen who had gone to Wembley with his son Dylan to attend the Final was left horrified after the antics of the fans and questioned if England even deserved to win or host the World Cup.
The walk I took with Dylan to get our car home last night was scary absolutely HORRENDOUS!
This behaviour in 2021?? 🤬
The abuse of the players who gave us so much joy?? 🤬
Do we actually deserve the 2030 World Cup? 🤔
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) July 12, 2021
The trophy might come home for England in the upcoming World Cup but the unruly behaviour by the English fans will forever remain on the realms of social media platforms as a reminder that for some, sports is just an outlet to show their inhumane and uncivilized side to the world. Gareth Southgate and his men won the admiration of football lovers across the globe but Brand England has received no new supporters.