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An England fan abducted a disabled child in a wheelchair in order to gain access to the Euro 2020 final, a new report reveals.
The supporter took the child away from his dad and pretended to be a steward as thousands of people attempted to enter the tournament showdown with Italy illegally.
A report into the ugly scenes before kick-off has concluded that 2,000 ticketless fans managed to breach 17 access points and enter Wembley Stadium.
Only 400 of those were removed in a "perfect storm of lawlessness" which Baroness Casey, who has led the four-month long review, warned could have led to lives being lost.
Among the most sickening parts of the report is that an England fan snatched the disabled child to pretend to be a steward.
Casey wrote in her report: "Our team of role models were in our first major final for 55 years.
"However, they were let down by a horde of ticketless, drunken and drugged up thugs who chose to abuse innocent, vulnerable and disabled people, as well as police officers, volunteers and Wembley staff.
"Victory in the penalty shoot-out would have created a further huge public safety risk, with up to 6,000 ticketless fans waiting to storm the stadium at the same time as doors were being opened to allow other fans to leave.
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"Overall, there was a lack of recognition that the final was more than a football match to be managed – it was an occasion of national significance."
The report determined the FA and Metropolitan Police were at fault for not preparing for or anticipating the trouble.
The authorities expected problems after the match rather than before.
FA chief executive Mark Bullingham issued an apology to those impacted by the thoughtless actions of the minority of supporters.
A statement read: "The FA apologises for the terrible experience that many suffered within Wembley on what should have been a historic night for the game.
“Everyone at the FA was appalled at the significant levels of crowd disorder throughout the day on 11 July. The review makes clear that the circumstances leading up to the match led to a perfect storm of lawlessness.
"No event is set up to deal with such disgraceful behaviour from thousands of ticketless fans.
"Collectively we must never allow this to happen again. Baroness Casey is clear that moving forwards, where there is an event of national significance, we and all agencies must view it through a different lens."
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