The Leader Podcast: Southgate’s ‘beacon of light’ and the ‘dark atmosphere’ of Wembley

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The Evening Standard’s Jonathan Prynn was at Wembley for the England v Italy Euro 2020 final.

He tells the podcast there was a “dark atmosphere” even before the game began and it was clear there were more people than seats in his area, suggesting a security lapse.

Gareth Southgate has been praising his players, saying the team was a ‘beacon of light’ that ‘brought the country together’.

But the FA’s condemned racist abuse directed at Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka who all missed their penalties in the 3-2 shootout loss.

Meanwhile, police arrested 49 people in the aftermath of Sunday’s Euro 2020 final as officers confronted “volatile crowds”.

Nineteen officers were injured during violent scenes outside Wembley stadium and in central London.

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