Time.news – In the incidents before the European final between England and Italy they risked deaths: this is what emerges from the independent investigation led by Baroness Louise Casey. According to the final report, the horde of two thousand “ticketless, drunk and drug thugs” who managed to get into Wembley before the match could cause casualties and there was “a collective failure” of security planning.
In the 129 pages of the July 11 incident report there is talk of “a day of national shame” for “the frightening scenes of chaos” in an assault that is called a “near miss”, the technical term for an event. that only for one case did not cause deaths or very serious injuries.
The numbers are alarming, with as many as 17 mass violations of the safety device around the London stadium, in particular for the breakthrough of the turnstiles for the handicapped. Only 400 ‘Portuguese’ were rejected by the stewards and the police while 2,000 managed to enter.
Although the investigation points the finger primarily at the perpetrators of the assault, there are criticisms of the police and the Football Association for the late response to the “unprecedented” riots. The report denounces that the steward network lacked experience in part due to the pandemic and the deployment of policemen was decided “too late”.
The news that 25,000 of Wembley’s 90,000 seats would be vacated as an anti-Covid prevention measure contributed to the “perfect storm”. “Our model football team had scored its first major final in 55 years, but was betrayed by a horde of drunk and drug-addicted thugs who chose to attack innocent, vulnerable and handicapped people, as well as policemen. volunteers and stadium staff members, “reads the report,” we were really lucky that there were no serious injuries or worse. “
In the recommendations it is proposed to introduce a new category of matches, those of “national importance”, for which greater responsibility is required on the part of the organizers, and more severe penalties for those who create such unrest.
The number one of the Football association, Mark Bullingham, recalled that it was the English football association that commissioned the investigation to “prevent similar incidents from happening again in the future”. “We fully accept the conclusions and have a lot to learn, we and the other agencies involved,” he added.