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Wembley submits gated fence plans to bolster security

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Wembley Stadium has submitted plans to add a new gated fence to bolster security and prevent a repeat of the violent disorder at the Euro 2020 final.

Under the plans, new perimeter fences at entrances will aim to “deter unwanted guests climbing and rushing” towards the gates. The application claims this will “prevent unauthorised or unticketed fans from being able to push through as a way of access into the stadium”.

The Football Association is backing new plans submitted to Brent Council which will “enhance security standards”. A decision on whether or not to approve the plans will be determined by Brent Council.

According to the BBC, new entrance portals could be built at the Club Wembley, media, staff, and VIP entrances to protect visitors.

An independent report by Baroness Casey found there was a “collective failure” in planning for the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy, which saw about 2,000 people get into the stadium illegally. As many more people gathered near the stadium throughout the day, thousands of ticketless fans were able to storm the gates, breaking through 17 disabled entrances and fire doors.

Baroness Casey branded the day “a source of national shame”.

English Football Association CEO Mark Bullingham apologised for the “terrible experience” many suffered within Wembley after the review was published in December 2021.

England also had to play a recent game behind doors after UEFA issued a stadium ban in the wake of the final between England and Italy on July 11, 2021.

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