17 Jul Euro 2020: Police release images of 10 men they are tracing over unrest before England v Italy final | UK News
Police have released images of 10 people they want to question over unrest at the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium.
Detectives went through the “painstaking” process of scouring CCTV and body-worn footage from last Sunday’s final between England and Italy, and are still searching for other people they wish to speak to.
Before the match, groups of people were pictured fighting and rushing past guards to gain access to the stadium without a ticket.
Some 19 officers were injured, including one who suffered a fractured hand and another who had a tooth knocked out, when they confronted “volatile crowds” in the capital after the game.
A total of 51 people were arrested across London, 26 of which were held at Wembley and 25 at following events in central London.
The Metropolitan Police has suggested the match could have ended up being abandoned had officers not stepped in.
Deputy assistant commissioner Jane Connors, who led the force’s response to the tournament, said she did “not accept that the policing operation failed” and she has “no doubt” that intervention by police stopped the disruption from escalating.
UEFA, the European football governing body, said it was also investigating the events at the stadium ahead of the game.
Detective Sergeant Matt Simpson, from the Met’s Public Order Crime Team, said: “Following the scenes of disorder both at Wembley Stadium and in central London, we made a commitment that those responsible would face consequences.
“Today’s action is being taken to help identify those who we think have questions to answer. If you know who they are, we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible.
“This investigation is in its very early stages and I am in no doubt that further appeals and arrests will follow.
“We also continue to support police action across the UK to identify those responsible for the racist and offensive comments posted on social media.”
Anyone who can identify the people in the images being released is urged to call 101 or tweet @MetCC, quoting 7858/16JUL and providing the reference number on the relevant image.
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.