The Three Lions centre-back has lifted the lid on his family’s own experience of the shameful scenes that overshadowed Sunday’s match against Italy
England centre-back Harry Maguire has revealed that his father suffered rib injuries after being caught up in a stampede of supporters at the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday.
The Three Lions’ penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy was overshadowed by shameful scenes off the pitch, as what was thought to be thousands of ticketless fans broke into the stadium ahead of kick-off.
Videos have shown fights between some spectators and has laid bare the utter carnage that took place in the hours leading up to the start of the match.
And speaking to The Sun, Maguire said his dad was affected by the disorder.
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“Yeah, I think he was involved in the stampede, a little bit,” Maguire said. “I think he did suffer a couple of injuries. I think his ribs.
“But, like I say, it was scary. I think I spoke to him and he said he was scared. Like I say, I don’t want anyone to experience that going to watch a football match, especially in a major final.
“I’ve seen a lot of videos and I’ve spoken to my dad about it, and the family. I think it was my dad and my agent who suffered the most from it all.
“It was scary and disappointing and I hope we can look back and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
The English FA will now face punishment for the chaos, and in addition they have been hit with four charges by UEFA for separate incidents including a streaker managing to get on the pitch in the second-half and some spectators booing the Italian national anthem.
A statement from the organisation released on Tuesday read: “Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA EURO 2020 final match between the national teams of Italy and England (1-1, Italy won 3-2 on penalties), played on 11 July at Wembley Stadium, London.
Charges against The English Football Association :
• Invasion of the field of play by its supporters – Article 16(2)(a) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
• Throwing of objects by its supporters – Article 16(2)(b) DR
• Disturbance caused by its supporters during the national anthem – Article 16(2)(g) DR
• Lighting of a firework by its supporters – Article 16(2)(c) DR
“The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) in due course.
“Separately, and in accordance with Article 31(4) DR, a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation into events involving supporters which occurred inside and around the stadium.
“Information on this matter will be made available in due course.”