Harry Maguire says that his father was “struggling with his breathing and his ribs” after the Euro 2020 final match on Sunday
England football team’s defender Harry Maguire has said that his father suffered from suspected broken ribs after he got caught up in the “stampede” before Sunday’s final of Euro 2020.
Maguire, who had scored a goal during the penalty shootout with Italy, said that his dad was “scared” as he made his way into the football match, which England lost to the Italian side.
“It shook him up,” Maguire said, adding that his father had been “struggling with his breathing and his ribs” after the finals match at Wembley Stadium.
Alan Maguire, aged 56, was “involved in the stampede” and “did suffer a couple of injuries”, Maguire had said to The Sun.
This comes after Marcus Rashford has responded to the racist trolls who abused him on social media platforms after he missed a penalty in the shoot-out of the Euro 2020 final, by saying “I will never apologise for who I am”.
UEFA has since launched an investigation after ticketless fans had breached stadium security.
The Manchester United captain said he was glad his children did not go to the match because his father has “normally got one of them on his shoulders”.
He said he was “thankful” that was not the case on Sunday because it “could have been a really serious moment”.
The trouble happened near the friends and family block and turnstile, the player said.
After getting in, some of those there to see a loved one play found people already sat in their seats, he added.
His father and his agent “suffered the most” and the episode was “scary and disappointing”.
Alan Maguire did not seek any medical attention after the incident, as he is “not one to make a big fuss” and “got on with it” despite “struggling with his ribs”, his son said.
Reflecting upon the unfortunate incident, Maguire said that he did not want “anyone to experience that going to watch the football, especially a major final”.
“I hope we can look back and just make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he added.
This comes after nineteen officers were injured after they “confronted volatile crowds” in London after the game, with 49 people being arrested. England supporters who had attacked officers after last night’s Euro 2020 final defeat are “thugs not fans”, the Metropolitan Police Federation has said.
The “experience of Wembley is always amazing” and it is an “amazing stadium filled with amazing people and great fans, normally”, the defender said.
On Sunday, however, “the way some people did act was totally wrong” and “we need to learn from it”, he added.
“You want it to be an amazing experience and you don’t want anyone to have any bad memories of a final.”