The Metropolitan Police revealed that two police officers were injured during clashes with fans in Leicester Square at Euro 2020. The incidents took place during England’s 4-0 quarterfinal win against Ukraine at Rome. They have since confirmed that nine arrests have been made in relation to the incident. Three were arrested for assaulting a police officer while four have been reprimanded due to suspicion of violent disorder. Two others were arrested on suspicion of disorderly behavior under the effect of alcohol.
“The Met has maintained a highly visible presence across London as people enjoy the Euros and celebrate England’s progression in the tournament.” Deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Jane Connors, said. “Last night following England’s match against Ukraine we saw a number of people take to the streets and I am pleased to say that this was all largely good-natured. Fans engaged positively with officers and they dispersed when asked.”
“While a larger crowd gathered in Leicester Square this area was cleared by approximately 23:30hrs. Two officers were injured as this area was cleared and thankfully their injuries are not life-threatening,” she added after two police officers were injured during the screening of Euro 2020. “We want people to be able to enjoy the Euros safely and securely. We will continue to have measures in place to keep the public safe, prevent crime and disorder and respond effectively to any incidents. I would also like to remind everyone that London remains in a public health crisis and we must all take action to stick to the rules in line with the government guidance.”
England beat Ukraine 4-0 in the quarterfinals in Rome. Gareth Southgate and his England side will take on Denmark in the semifinals at Wembley. This will be their third consecutive semi-final appearance in a major tournament.