The England team showed great courage and passion during the final, and they should be highly commended for the way they acted. Unfortunately I, like millions of people across the country, watched the events unfold on TV and was deeply saddened by how the event was organised.
It is clear from the footage and personal accounts that not enough was done to ensure the safety of all supporters. Events such as the Euros are a time for our country to come together and show our support. Unfortunately despite the vast majority of fans treating each other with respect and care, some took the opportunity to cause chaos and put others at risk. It is clear that not enough was done to secure the stadium, or to ensure that once in the stadium the rules were followed.
The Government made the decision to make the event a COVID-19 test event, however did not consider many of the implications of this decision. As a result we are now seeing reports of a so-called Wembley variant, which could have been avoided. The Government failed to work closely enough with Wembley to make sure that enough precautions and security was available. Their neglect resulted in the dangerous conditions many have described.
I want to see steps taken by the Government and the FA to make sure that future events are fully staffed and all of the safety measures are fully carried out. If the Government is going to continue with their Events Research Programme, a greater level of care needs to be taken in the implementation of safety precautions going forward.
I have written to Oliver Dowden, The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to get some answers for why the event was so poorly organised, and to see if they will take action for future events. Please see attached: