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Chair comment: Independent review of events surrounding the UEFA Euro 2020 Final

3 December 2021

Chair's comment

Julian Knight MP, Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, has given this comment following the publication of the Independent Review of events surrounding the UEFA Euro 2020 Final ‘Euro Sunday’ at Wembley chaired by Baroness Casey.

“We welcome this report from Baroness Casey. It is clear that we narrowly averted disaster on a major scale at Wembley. This day of national shame saw the behaviour of drunken and drugged-up thugs put the lives of genuine football fans at serious risk.  

That a collective failure in planning allowed safety breaches on this scale is a grave charge given that the risk was foreseeable. 

Baroness Casey says our national game deserves better and has made a number of strong recommendations to ensure that scenes like this are never witnessed again. 

However, we must see action taken by football authorities before we bid for any major tournaments. The DCMS Committee will be monitoring not what is said today but what is done in the weeks and months ahead.”

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