Italy Euro 2020 horror as two dead and several injured during football celebration frenzy

Euro 2020: Expert discusses media’s reaction in Italy

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Italy won the championship in London last night for the first time since 1968. Despite an early goal from England, the opposition ended the Three Lions’ bid for glory with a 3-2 victory on penalties. However, celebrations in Italy during the night soon turned deadly.

A 22-year-old man died in a car crash in Caltagirone, in Sicily, as he made his way to the town centre to join in with the victory festivities.

Over in the financial capital Milan, 15 people were also injured – three of them seriously – while partying after the game.

One of the revellers even lost three fingers when a firework exploded in his hand.

And in a town near the southern city of Foggia, police also said a hitman used the chaotic celebrations as an opportunity to settle a score with a person in the crowd.

He was then reported to have escaped on a motorbike.

The victim’s six-year-old niece was also injured in the attack and was said to be in a “very serious” condition, according to Italian media.

Chaos also broke out in London following the game last night, with the Metropolitan Police saying 45 arrests had been made and 19 officers were injured.

Downing Street also criticised England fans who stormed Wembley Stadium without tickets and caused trouble in Trafalgar Square yesterday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said: “Those scenes were unacceptable and we condemn violence, anti-social behaviour and abuse in the strongest possible terms.”

When asked whether the level of policing was adequate, the spokesman said: “As with all major policing operations there will be lessons to be learned.”

But he said Boris Johnson retains confidence in Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, by saying: “He does have confidence.”

Italian media were also quick to gloat and mock England fans this morning.

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Il Messaggero newspaper was harsh about England fans as they called them “hooligans who, Brexit or no Brexit, are all the same”.

The paper added: “The night before they sacked London in all conceivable ways, with smoke bombs, wild choirs, beer that overflowed from their bottles and their stomachs and ended on the pavement amid broken glass and the stench of alcohol – and, what’s more, trampled our flag throughout the city.

“Better to beat them like this, on penalties, under their lovely drizzle.”

Meanwhile, La Repubblica reported on “shameful scenes outside the stadium” from “dozens of drunk England fans”.

It comes after the nail-biting match ended when Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed the crucial penalties for England.

However, Harry Kane and Harry Maguire were on target.

But this was not enough to win as Italy scored three penalties.

Manager Gareth Southgate later said he was taking responsibility for losing the penalty shootout, while adding England’s players were “exceptional” and “have done themselves proud”.

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