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FA introduce ‘robust’ security measures for Euro 2022 final

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The Football Association has put in place “robust” security measures to ensure Sunday’s Euro 2022 final is not marred by disorder.

Wembley will be a sell-out for the showdown between England and Germany as the Lionesses battle the eight-time winners for a first major trophy.

Last year’s Euro 2020 final between England and Italy was marred by chaotic and violent scenes as hundreds of ticketless fans crowded into the stadium.

Women’s football tends to attract a very different demographic of fans and the sight of thousands of families and children filling the stands was one of the uplifting features of this year’s tournament.

But Wembley bosses have nonetheless taken steps to ensure fans enjoy “a safe and memorable experience”.

There will be a heavy police and security presence along the Olympic Way, which will be a no-drinking zone, and an increased security presence to discourage anyone without a ticket from approaching the turnstiles.

A Wembley spokesman said: “The safety of fans at Wembley Stadium is of paramount importance and we have robust security measures in place before, during and after all events at the stadium.

“The security requirements for each event at Wembley Stadium are assessed individually.

“During this process we work closely with the police and relevant authorities to ensure our safety protocols are of the highest standards and comply with the guidelines of the Sports Ground Safety Authority.

“Wembley Stadium always exceeds the minimum requirements for event security staff and stewards. This is to ensure that everyone who comes to Wembley Stadium can enjoy a safe and memorable experience.”

England’s exciting run to the final was secured by a 4-0 win over Sweden on Tuesday night, while Germany defeated France 2-1 24 hours later.

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