F1 driver Lando Norris in $75,000 mugging at Euro 2020 final

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McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris was reportedly mugged outside Wembley Stadium following England's loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris was reportedly mugged outside Wembley Stadium following England's loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Formula One driver Lando Norris was reportedly mugged when Wembley Stadium was overrun by riotous football fans who did not have tickets for the Euro 2020 final.

Mayhem erupted at the stadium when roughly 2500 people rushed the stadium and forced their way in, starting fights and leaving paying spectators fearing for their safety.

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A day of alcohol-fuelled festivities had begun with rowdy scenes in central London and tens of thousands made their way to the national stadium for the game, with flares being let off in railway stations and singing on trains

Around two hours before the game, fans burst past stewards and some reached the concourse while bottles were thrown in from outside the perimeter.

Things became demonstrably worse after England fell to Italy on penalties.

According to The Sun, Norris was accosted by two men as he went to get into his expensive McLaren supercar as he left the stadium.

The alleged thieves stole a $75,000 prototype Richard Mille watch, leaving the McLaren F1 ace shaken but otherwise fine.

The McLaren team put out a statement confirming Norris had been involved in an incident, and was unhurt.

An eyewitness told The Sun the alleged robbery happened very quickly.

“Lando was held and another ­robber pulled off his watch in a split second. Lando looked pretty shaken up. Security had been a nightmare all night," the witness said.

Norris will nonetheless take his place for McLaren at this weekend's British GP at Silverstone.

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Wembley Stadium criticised for Euro 2020 final security failures

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."

Wembley Stadium was rushed by roughly 2500 fans just prior to the start of the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Wembley Stadium was rushed by roughly 2500 fans just prior to the start of the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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