'Absolute disgrace': Euro 2020 final rocked by 'disgusting' scenes

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Ticketless fans, pictured here storming Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 final.
Ticketless fans stormed Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 final. Image: Twitter

English football fans have once again been condemned around the world after shocking scenes at the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.

Hundreds of ticketless fans stormed the Wembley gates before the match in a bid to gain entry to England's clash against Italy.

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Shocking footage posted on social media showed supporters battling to get past lines of stewards and police as the atmosphere turned ugly in the hours before kick-off.

While some fans shown in the videos appeared to get past the fences and towards the venue, Wembley officials insisted there had been no breach of stadium security.

"We are dealing with an incident that occurred at the outer security perimeter area of the stadium, with support from police," a spokesperson for Wembley Stadium said.

"Safety measures were quickly activated in the relevant areas and there were no security breaches of people without tickets getting inside the stadium."

The Metropolitan Police later tweeted: "We supported the security teams at Wembley Stadium a short time ago with this incident.

"Wembley security officials have confirmed there was no security breaches of people without tickets getting inside the stadium."

However those claims were heavily disputed on social media, with fans around the world quick to condemn the "disgusting" scenes.

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The mood outside Wembley was febrile well before kick-off as thousands of fans gathered on Olympic Way.

Some drunken fans were throwing beer cans and bottles as well as traffic cones, with red flares and fireworks set off.

Social-distancing was ignored as maskless supporters congregated in large groups on the concrete approach to the stadium.

England fans boo Italian national anthem

And things took another nasty turn just minutes before kick-off when England supporters booed the Italian national anthem.

England manager Gareth Southgate has earlier said the team's fans can try to intimidate Italy but should remain respectful and not boo their anthem.

A section of England fans booed when Denmark's national anthem was played before their semi-final meeting. 

Stadium security, pictured here checking tickets as fans take their seats inside Wembley Stadium.
Stadium security check tickets as fans take their seats inside Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Carl Recine - Pool/Getty Images)

Jeers were also heard when the German anthem was played at Wembley when England beat Joachim Loew's side in the round of 16.

"It's important that our fans always respect the opposition and we know that in fact when we play abroad and fans boo our anthem it probably inspires us even more, so I don't think it will help the team," Southgate told reporters on Saturday.

"I think we can intimidate the team with the booing during the game, but it's different for the anthem. I think we should be respectful."

Former England international Gary Lineker made a similar request to the country's fans last week.

"If you're lucky enough to get a ticket for the final, please, please don't boo the Italian anthem," Lineker tweeted on Thursday. 

"A/ It's an absolute belter and worth listening to. B/ It's bloody rude, disrespectful and utterly classless."

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