Wembley, United Kingdom, 11 July 2021 (AFP) – The festive atmosphere around Wembley Stadium, where the European Cup final between Italy and England will be played, began to tense hours before the start of this Sunday afternoon. match. The duel (16:00 GMT), with objects being thrown, found an AFP journalist.
Thousands of English fans had gathered around the stadium since Sunday morning and some of them had already started throwing stones, beer cans, backpacks or signal cones at people under the influence of alcoholic beverages.
Despite a large number of police being deployed around the stadium, at least three Italian fans were attacked during the riots.
Most of the Italian fans with tickets to watch the final entered the stadium before the riots.
The roads leading to the stadium were covered with dustbins and broken glass of bottles for pedestrians.
On Twitter, London Police urged fans not to visit Wembley if they do not have a ticket, as the area is “extremely busy”.
Another AFP journalist also found that several trains packed with fans were leaving the Wembley area for central London to follow them on the big screen in the English capital.