Footballer Harry Maguire has revealed how his 56-year-old father was caught up in the terrifying stampede at Wembley, which left him struggling to breathe after the Euro 2020 Final.
A mob of fans were seen bursting through a disabled entrance ahead of the England match on Sunday causing some security guards to fall onto the ground.
While footage shared on social media captured one man repeatedly being kicked in the head and body.
England and Manchester United star Maguire has now revealed that his father, Alan, was one of the fans caught up in the clash. The accountant found himself pinned to the floor, suffering two suspected broken ribs.
Speaking to the Sun, Maguire described what happened to his father as “scary.”
Maguire, who was recognised by Uefa as part of the team of the tournament, described the events as “scary” and cautioned that his family would “be aware” when attending fixtures in the future.
“I think he was involved in a stampede and suffered a couple of injuries to his ribs,” the 28-year-old Manchester United captain told The Sun. “I have not spoken with him too much but I am pleased my kids didn’t go to the game. I don’t want anyone to experience that at a football match.”
“I have seen a lot of videos and have spoken to dad and my family,” added Maguire, who hammered his penalty kick into the top corner during England’s shoot-out defeat.
“It was my dad and agent who suffered the most. He was struggling with his breathing afterwards because of his ribs, but he’s not one to make a big fuss - he got on with it.
“I hope we can learn from this and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Dad will always support me and go to the games but he will be a little bit more aware of everything going on around. We should all be more aware and learn from it.”
“Things could have been a lot worse but we have to make sure it does not happen again.”
On Tuesday, UEFA opened a disciplinary investigation into the incidents at the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
The Football Association’s chief executive Mark Bullingham on Monday promised that a full review would take place into what happened and accused “drunken yobs” of trying to force their way into the stadium without tickets.
The FA was charged by UEFA on four counts arising from the mayhem. Disciplinary proceedings were opened over a pitch invasion, throwing of objects, booing the Italian national anthem and the lighting of a firework.
Maguire stressed the importance of not letting a few individuals spoil what was a remarkable tournament for this nation, or indeed hamper England’s chance of hosting a World Cup in the future.
“Wembley is an amazing place,” he said. “It has been an amazing home and the fans and the way they have acted have been unbelievable, apart from the odd few in a final.
“We need to learn and we will - and it would be an amazing place to hold the World Cup.”