FA to increase the number of stewards at Wembley for the Euro 2020 final after hundreds of TICKETLESS fans gained access for England’s semi-final victory over Denmark despite the Covid checkpoints around the ground
- The number of stewards on duty at Wembley for the Euro 2020 final will go up
- Some fans gained access for England’s semi-final tie despite not having tickets
- The FA are now eager to avoid a repeat ahead of the biggest game in 55 years
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
The Football Association will increase the number of stewards on duty at Wembley for Sunday’s European Championship final after hundreds of ticketless fans got into the ground for England’s semi-final victory over Denmark.
Despite checkpoints for assessing each fan’s Covid-19 status around the perimeter, stewards were unable to prevent some supporters storming the stadium and gaining access without showing tickets.
The additional fans were accommodated easily enough because Wembley’s capacity was set at 66,000 as the semi-final is part of the Government’s mass events Covid trial, but the FA are eager to avoid a repeat in what will be England’s biggest match for 55 years against Italy on Sunday.
The Football Association will increase the number of stewards in place for the Euro 2020 final
In addition to extra security, the FA have asked stewards to be more thorough in checking each fan’s Covid status after receiving complaints that many were simply ushered through checkpoints after waving their mobile phones.
As part of the trial run in conjunction with the Government’s Events Research Programme fans must produce evidence of having received two Covid-19 vaccinations or a negative test within the last 24 hours in order to access the stadium, but many supporters at Wembley on Wednesday evening got into the ground without being checked.
All tickets for the final have been sold out other than returns, though there were none listed on the UEFA website on Thursday, leaving desperate England fans to scour the black market. The highest priced tickets available on eBay were listed at £15,000 for a pair, despite UEFA’s attempts to crack down on touts.
In addition, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has put one pair of tickets up for grabs to those signing up for a first Covid-19 vaccine in the next 24 hours, as an incentive to get young people jabbed.
Stewards were unable to prevent some supporters from storming the stadium on Wednesday
The FA have also asked stewards to be more thorough when checking each fan’s Covid status
Any Londoners who post on social media about having booked or received their first dose will be automatically entered into a draw for tickets.
Italy have been given an allocation of 9,000 tickets for the Euros final, though only 1,000 will be permitted to enter the country from overseas, with 8,000 tickets reserved for UK-based Azzurri fans.
An arrangement between the British and Italian governments will limit travelling fans to 12 hours on UK soil, with special charter flights and transport laid on to get them to Wembley with minimal contact with others.
They must also give negative Covid tests before and after the journey and isolate for five days when they return to Italy.
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