FA backs plan for Wembley to install new gated fence to improve security after Euro 2020 disorder

England fans and police at Wembley during the England v Italy final in 2020.   (PA Archive)
England fans and police at Wembley during the England v Italy final in 2020. (PA Archive)

Wembley Stadium plans to install a new gated fence to beef up security around the venue following violent disorder at the Euro 2020 final.

Home Office figures show that of the 90 football-related arrests made at Euro 2020, 39 were at the Italy match, 28 at the game against Scotland and 18 at the semi-final against Denmark.

A report by Baroness Casey following the tournament found there was a “collective failure” in planning for the final which saw about 2,000 people get into the stadium illegally with images of the violence beamed around the world.

She branded the day “a source of national shame”.

The Football Association is backing new plans submitted to Brent Council, the borough in which the stadium is based, which will “enhance security standards”.

New perimeter fences at entrances will aim to “deter unwanted guests climbing and rushing” towards the gates.

The application claims this will “prevent unauthorised or unticketed fans from being able to push through as a way of access into the stadium”.

On the day of the Euro 2020 final, around 10,000 fans gathered at Wembley by midday despite the England and Italy match not kicking off until 8pm.

Baroness Casey’s independent report described many fans as “already drunk and carrying bags full of alcohol”.

Thousands of ticketless fans stormed the gates and broke through 17 disabled entrances and fire doors.

According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS), new entrance portals could be built at the Club Wembley, media, staff, and VIP entrances to protect visitors.

A decision on whether or not to approve the plans will be determined by Brent Council on a date yet to be fixed.