Met response to Baroness Casey’s independent review on incident during Euro 2020 Final
The Met welcomes the report by Baroness Casey into the scenes of disorder and violence during the final of the Euro 2020 Championship on Sunday 11 July.
Her report provides a deeply comprehensive review of events during Euro’s Sunday, including the shocking scenes of disorder and violence faced by police officers and stewards.
In her review, Baroness Casey also sets out a number of clear recommendations to avoid a further incident at Wembley Stadium. These are recommendations the Met supports and will work with partners in delivering them.
Officers and stewarding staff faced unprecedented challenges and unacceptable levels of violence in trying to bring about order. Their courage in challenging those unacceptable scenes is commendable and without their efforts, it is clear that this match may have been in jeopardy.
Commander Rachel Williams from the Metropolitan Police Service, said: “First and foremost I am deeply sorry that so many people who came to enjoy a day of football, were met with unacceptable scenes of disorder.
“We welcome the praise by Baroness Casey on the bravery of officers in directly confronting scenes of disorder. Her comments sets out the unprecedented pressure officers faced, they are a credit to policing.
“Throughout the course of the day, this moment of national significance was tarnished by groups of ticketless, anti-social and thuggish football fans who were intent on causing disorder and committing criminal acts. We regret that we were not able to do more to prevent those scenes unfolding.
“We vow to work with the FA and others, to learn from what went wrong and ensure those shocking scenes of thuggery are not repeated.
“Across the Met, we will review Baroness Casey’s report in great detail and take on board her recommendations.”
The Met continues to investigate the offences committed during the Euro 2020 final. Detectives are assessing tens of thousands of hours of CCTV footage, body worn footage and social media clips to identify those responsible for the scenes of disorder. This investigation will take time, but the Met remains committed to taking firm action.