Euro 2020 Final: Former England captain Kevin Pietersen slams English fans’ behaviour after loss, recalls ‘scary experience’: Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen condemned the behaviour of the English football fans after Sunday’s loss against Italy in Euro 2020 at the Wembley Stadium.
Kevin Pietersen stated that he was feeling scared while walking back to his car with Dylan after the game. “The walk I took with Dylan to get our car home last night was scary absolutely HORRENDOUS! This behaviour in 2021?? The abuse of the players who gave us so much joy?? Do we actually deserve the 2030 World Cup?” he tweeted. The Metropolitan Police made 49 arrests for a variety of offences in connection with the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy in London. Earlier, a Wembley spokesperson confirmed a “small group” of ticketless fans breached security and gained access into the stadium before the 8 pm kick-off on Sunday, as per Sky Sports.
We couldn’t be any prouder of Bukayo.
But once again, we are sad to have to say we condemn the racism of a number black players.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 12, 2021
In a statement released after the match on Twitter, Metropolitan Police said: “Our policing operation for the #Euro2020 final is drawing to a close. Thank you to the tens of thousands of fans who had good spirits and behaved responsibly. We made 49 arrests during the day for a variety of offences. We will have officers on hand throughout the night.”
Social media companies need to expose all accounts that are abusing our England players .. expose the bullying cowards to see how they like the spotlight of being known .. then let’s put there faces on the front page of national papers to see how they like it ..
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 12, 2021
The Metropolitan Police also confirmed that 19 police officers got injured while confronting the volatile crowd. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also condemned the “appalling” racial abuse of players on social media following the Three Lions’ loss. Azzurri defeated England 3-2 on penalties after the normal 90-minute action had finished at 1-1 and even extra time was not able to break the deadlock.
UEFA strongly condemns the disgusting racist abuse directed at several England players on social media after the EURO final, which has no place in football or society. We stand by the players and the English FA’s call for the strongest possible punishments.
— UEFA (@UEFA) July 12, 2021