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FA launches investigation into troubling events at the Euro 2020 final

Trouble flared before the final as people forced their way into the stadium, while there were also ugly scenes in the stands during the match

An independent review set to investigate the “disgraceful scenes” that marred England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy has been commissioned by the nation’s Football Association.

Fans were seen fighting with stewards and police, who later released CCTV images of some of those they want to question.

The FA has said that it has informed the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) of the review and vowed to identify those responsible for the trouble both before and during the match.

This comes after the England football team’s efforts and attitude have been hailed nationally but marred by racist abuse resulting in four arrests. Police that have been investigating the online racist abuse of several black England players after the Euro 2020 final have revealed that they have made four arrests so far.

An FA statement read: “We are determined to fully understand what happened outside and then inside Wembley Stadium at the UEFA EURO 2020 Final on Sunday 11 July 2021.

“We informed DCMS at the weekend that an independent review led by Baroness Casey of Blackstock has been commissioned to report on the facts and circumstances involved.

“It will speak to all parties concerned and include external experts.

“A key emphasis of the findings will be to ensure that lessons are learned and such disgraceful scenes are never able to be repeated.

“We continue to work with the relevant authorities in support of their efforts to identify those responsible and hold them to account.”

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Troubled had flared before the final match as dozens of people forced their way into the stadium, while there were also ugly scenes in the stands during the match.

Fans were seen fighting with stewards and police, who later released CCTV images of some of those they want to question.

Four charges were handed to the FA by UEFA following the scenes.

This comes after Lewis Hamilton has received a tirade of racist abuse online after he won the British Grand Prix, following a dramatic first lap collision between Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

Gareth Southgate’s men lost the final by 3-2 on penalties after extra-time had failed to separate the two sides, with Leonardo Bonucci having cancelled out Luke Shaw’s early opener for England.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who had missed their penalty shots, were later racially abused following the match on many social media platforms.

The behaviour of both those who had forced their way into Wembley and the online trolls has been widely condemned.

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