After returning home from a few days in London, I’m left with mixed emotions – and I’m not even talking about the football itself.
It was amazing to be around Wembley for the first time, celebrate with friends, take in the atmosphere and get behind this young England team that’ve made us smile again after an awful year, but some of the things we’ve witnessed from so-called ‘supporters’ over the past 24 hours have been disgusting.
Players racially abused (one only 19) for missing a penalty. The lowest of the low, yet entirely predictable these days. It’s becoming the new norm, but what’s being done to clamp down on these vile morons? They should be sacked, fined & banned at the very minimum.
Mobs of England fans fighting their way past stewards to get into Wembley without a ticket. In one case, this meant a disabled young fan had his view blocked all game by some bloke who didn’t pay a penny.
A policeman with blood pouring from his head because some idiot thought it was a good idea to throw a bottle of beer 100ft into the air for ‘banter’.
Parts of London trashed by lads who claim to love England, yet happily turn their capital into some garbage dump after a few too many drinks.
Italy fans targeted before the game and attacked after it because some people can’t handle losing. A bit of rivalry is great pre kick-off, but some of it was embarrassing to watch; including the booing of the Italian national anthem.
Young families rushing to leave because fireworks were being set off in the middle of huge crowds and traffic cones thrown about like they were soft toys.
A Marcus Rashford mural vandalised with racial abuse in Manchester after he missed a penalty, forgetting that so many kids aren’t missing meals because of his efforts off the pitch!
I love the way football can bring people together, I love this England team / Gareth Southgate and I love seeing people have a good time – especially after the 18 months we’ve all been through – but I hate how many idiots there are in this country.
On the plus side, so many have stood by Saka, Sancho and Rashford in light of the abuse, racists have been sacked and that mural in Manchester has now been covered over with messages of love and support, it’s just a shame how the minority threaten to ruin things for everyone else.