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England’s team showcases the good in society but night of chaos at Euro 2020 final proved it also brings out the worst

Adrian Rutherford


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An English fan draped in a flag walks through litter and broken glass in Trafalgar Square, London during the UEFA Euro 2020 Final between Italy and England

An English fan draped in a flag walks through litter and broken glass in Trafalgar Square, London during the UEFA Euro 2020 Final between Italy and England

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A fan stands with police in London's Leicester Square

A fan stands with police in London's Leicester Square

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An English fan draped in a flag walks through litter and broken glass in Trafalgar Square, London during the UEFA Euro 2020 Final between Italy and England

I was in Wembley for the Euro 2020 final back in July when events off the pitch stole the headlines.

As an independent review has found that an England win over Italy could have led to 6,000 ticketless individuals storming the stadium with “horrific” consequences, here’s what I made of those atmosphere, writing in the direct aftermath in London:


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