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Euros final: Suffolk Police called over 'rowdy behaviour' in county after Italy win against England




Police in Suffolk received an increased number of calls that people were being rowdy outside venues and in town centres following yesterday's Euros final.

Officers said while there were no football-related arrests after Italy beat England on penalties, they did see more calls relating to 'rowdy behaviour'.

But a spokesman said on the whole, the atmosphere was 'generally good natured before and during the match with no serious issues reported afterwards'.

Police in Suffolk received an increased number of calls that people were being rowdy outside venues and in town centres following yesterday's Euros final
Police in Suffolk received an increased number of calls that people were being rowdy outside venues and in town centres following yesterday's Euros final

"We want to thank football fans and licensees across Suffolk for their support in celebrating the Euros over the past month in a responsible and peaceful way," he added.

“Although the final result wasn’t what England fans would have hoped for, it is pleasing to see that throughout the tournament the vast majority showed respect and consideration for other football fans, and members of the public.”

It comes as the Metropolitan Police said 49 people had been arrested in London by officers policing the game at Wembley on Sunday.

Suffolk Police said on the whole, the atmosphere was 'generally good natured before and during the match with no serious issues reported afterwards'
Suffolk Police said on the whole, the atmosphere was 'generally good natured before and during the match with no serious issues reported afterwards'

Nineteen officers had been hurt while carrying out their duties evening, the force added.

And investigations have been launched following racist abuse towards England players and a security breach at Wembley.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka – who all missed penalties during England’s shoot-out defeat to Italy – were all targeted by online trolls, while several fans without tickets stormed an entry gate at Wembley to watch the match.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is president of the Football Association and watched the final at Wembley, was among those to condemn the abuse.

William wrote on Twitter: “I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match.

“It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour.

“It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable.”

England manager Gareth Southgate described the abuse directed at the players as 'unforgivable'.

“It’s just not what we stand for,” he said during a press conference on Monday.

“We have been a beacon of light in bringing people together, in people being able to relate to the national team, and the national team stands for everybody and so that togetherness has to continue.

“We have shown the power our country has when it does come together and has that energy and positivity together.”

He said it was his decision – not the players’ – regarding who would take a penalty during the shoot-out.

The match finished 1-1 after extra time, meaning spot-kicks decided who would win.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media. Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.”

Litter and broken glass strewn on the ground in front of St Martin-In-The-Fields church, in Trafalgar Square, London, on Sunday night after the Euros final between Italy and England (Victoria Jones/PA)
Litter and broken glass strewn on the ground in front of St Martin-In-The-Fields church, in Trafalgar Square, London, on Sunday night after the Euros final between Italy and England (Victoria Jones/PA)

Meanwhile, a large clean-up operation has been carried out in central London to sweep away debris left by football supporters on Sunday night.

England fans descended on public spaces, including Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, in their thousands ahead of the Euro 2020 final full of hope and anticipation.

Street cleaners clear debris in London’s Leicester Square after the Euro 2020 final between Italy and England (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
Street cleaners clear debris in London’s Leicester Square after the Euro 2020 final between Italy and England (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

But after the crushing penalty shootout defeat to Italy, fans filtered away dejected before teams of street cleaners worked overnight to clear away the trail of beer bottles and cans left in their wake.

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