But many now fear that the violence of English fans on Sunday could derail this effort. So far, 86 people have been arrested in relation to the scenes at Wembley stadium and in central London, with 19 officers injured during the clash.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said of the issue: “Throughout the course of the Euros tournament, the vast majority of people have watched the matches responsibly and safely, and enjoyed the build up to last night’s final.
“However, the unacceptable scenes we saw yesterday were a small number of people intent on using the football as an excuse to behave appallingly towards other members of the public and officers.
“The reports of online hate crime abuse are utterly abhorrent and totally unacceptable. We have launched a post-event investigation and will actively pursue and investigate offenders and criminal offences.
“This behaviour is not welcome in London and I urge anyone who is being subjected to any abuse, both online and in person, to contact police and report it so the police can investigate thoroughly and accordingly.”
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Yesterday’s Talking Point: What were your favourite moments of the Euros?
It was great to hear your highlights from the Euros.
Sue Cole said: “Each match they played that took them to the final, and the anticipation of the final, made me, my family and friends and workmates so elated and connected, we were, and still are, right behind them all.”
“Vbphoto” said “the strength and friendship of the team,” while “charlotte_t_t” added: “the hug.”
There were also some Italian supporters among you. “Mvonlyone” said “our captain lifting the trophy,” and “esho_gt” agreed: “ITALIA squad lifting the trophy.”