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28th Dec 2022

FA backs plans to install gated fences to bolster security at Wembley Stadium

Callum Boyle

Plans have been submitted to the local council

The Football Association has backed plans drawn up by Wembley Stadium to install a gated fence to bolster security around the venue.

Plans for the new fence first came about in response to the violence and disorder that broke out during the Euro 2020 final.

A report from Baroness Casey found that there was a “collective failure” in planning for the game between England and Italy which saw a reported figure of 2,000 supporters enter Wembley illegally.

Casey also claimed in her independent report that many of the fans – with an estimated 10,000 by midday – gathered outside of Wembley were “already drunk and carrying bags full of alcohol”.

At the time of the final there were widespread reports of mass drug taking, aggressive behaviour, intimidation and outright violence earlier in the day before many stormed their way into the ground without tickets.

Brent Council have received plans which have been designed to help “enhance security standards”, as reported by the BBC.

Among the plans includes new perimeter fences at entrance points to “deter unwanted guests climbing and rushing” towards the stadium.

Any decision to approve the plans or not will be determined by the Brent Council.

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