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English football fans resort to hooliganism after their team loses Euro cup to Italy

English football fans turned out to be sore losers as they resorted to hooliganism and racial abuse after Italy defeated England to be crowned Euro winners. England’s riot police stepped in to control the hordes of fans who had started to create ruckus following their team’s loss.

Earlier, many fans attempted to force their way into the Wembley stadium without tickets. As fans scrambled to get into the stadium, many of them were seen trampling the security cordon at the entrance. They resorted to violence and racial abuse not sparing even children. Some of them even reportedly punched the guards.

Further, it was players of African descent who had to bear the brunt of the ire of English fans as they missed the penalities. Not just players but even spectators were abused and attacked.

While BBC and other western publications regularly target Bharat and Hindus in particular, they have not just maintained a convenient silence at the crowds sending social distance norms out of the window at Wembley stadium even as the pandemic ranges and newer variants have been emerging from the UK.

Readers may recall the racist jibes directed at Bharat by BBC using the Chinese Virus pandemic as an excuse. The Hindu Kumbh Mela is a favorite punching bag of these publications who choose to look the other way now.

There were reports of football fans setting off flares after climbing atop street lamps at Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. “This England team deserves to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter. England captain Harry Kane also came out in support of his young teammates by saying: “If you abuse anyone on social media you’re not an England fan and we don’t want you.”

Similarly, even Italy’s supporters were subjected to abuse by boorish English fans. Following the defeat, English fans resorted physically assaulting Italian supporters. Fans were even seen throwing bottles and chanting anti-Italian slogans while exiting the stadium. The abusive behavior was seen not just after the defeat but even before and during the match.

Italy supporter Roberta Cuppari has been quoted by the media as saying that she and her friend had to watch the match crushed in a corner while being sworn at and abused after ticketless fans took their seats and refused to move. She added it was the worst thing she had ever seen and that she even saw people urinating and doing drugs.

Sports correspondent at the Mail online Mike Keegan has been quoted as saying:

That was the worst experience I’ve ever had as a fan at a football match. Shambolic organization, police nowhere to be seen, fans without tickets running amok within what was a giant Covid breeding ground. Taken 3.5 hours to get out of the godforsaken place. Saw fights bottles thrown, people karate-kicking windows, and (a new one for me) had to jump out of the way of an armed officer with his gun drawn chasing someone. Transport non-existent, roads gridlocked for hours, the behavior of many despicable. Wembley Way a bombsite. Awful, awful night.

(Featured Image Source: OpIndia)

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