England defender Harry Maguire said his father Alan was left with rib injuries and struggled to breathe after being trampled by fans during crowd disturbances at Wembley Stadium before the Euro 2020 final against Italy.
Supporters clashed with each other and officials, breached security cordons and charged into the perimeter area of Wembley before the start of Sunday’s game, which Italy won in a penalty shootout.
British police said 19 of its officers were injured while 86 people, including 53 at the venue, were arrested. Uefa opened disciplinary proceedings and charged the FA for disturbances.
"I think he was involved in a stampede and suffered a couple of injuries to his ribs. I spoke to him, he said he was scared," Maguire told The Sun."It was not a nice experience — it shook him up. But he was fortunate as every game he has been to he has had my nephew or one of my kids on his shoulders. So I’m thankful that did not happen as it could have been a really serious moment."
"I don’t want anyone to experience that going to watch football, especially a major final."
The Maguire family were not the only group who suffered at the hands of rowdy fans as several other entourages were the victims of attempted theft of their tickets.
Fans attempted to get through a door meant for disabled access at Wembley Stadium before the Euro 2020 final
Credit: MARK LINDSAY
Maguire also said his agent, Kenneth Sheperd was caught in the crush as he and the Manchester United defender’s family made their their way to the players’ families seating area to the left of the tunnel.
"I have seen a lot of videos and have spoken to Dad and my family. It was my dad and agent who suffered the most. I hope we can learn from this and make sure it doesn’t happen again."
"He was struggling with his breathing afterwards because of his ribs, but he’s not one to make a big fuss. The experience at Wembley is always amazing, filled with great people and great fans normally. But this time was obviously the final and everyone got overwhelmed and the way some people acted was totally wrong."
"Dad will always support me and go to the games but he will be a little bit more aware of everything going on around. We should all be more aware and learn from it."
The Sun also report that despite his injuries, Alan Maguire did not seek medical assistance.
The FA said on Monday it would conduct a full review into the security breach and condemned the behaviour of fans who forced their way into the stadium. It is feared that the security issue could seriously derail England and Ireland’s joint 2030 World Cup bid.