Euro 2020: Officers called to just 25 football-related incidents after England v Italy final

Officers were called to just 25 reports of football-related violence despite the heartbreaking end to the England vs Italy Euro 2020 final last night (Sunday) when Gareth Southgate’s side were knocked outon penalties.

Despite receiving 893 calls for service last night on the 101 and 999 service, only 25 of them were said to be directly related to the football.

Twenty-three of those incidents were related to violence in pubs and licenced premises in the east of the county.

There was also and incident of criminal damage when vandals ransacked teh outdoor seating area at Tiamo Italian restaurant in Sleaford after the match.

Lincolnshire Police had extra officers on duty last night across the county to help deal with demand and anticipated extra calls from the public. Officers from our licencing teams, Neighbourhood Policing Teams and response worked continuously with partners, pubs and local venues to minimise risk and to ensure the safety of their communities.

Chief Superintendent Kieran English said: “Despite a very busy night, only 25 reports were directly related to the football and we are pleased that this is the case, considering this was a well watched event in the country.

“We would like to give thanks to all of our staff and those who have had their rest days cancelled for all their hard work in supporting their colleagues and partner agencies to help keep our county safe before, during and after the match.

“We would also like to thank our partners, local pubs and venues for their continued support and for working closely with our officers to maintain a safe but enjoyable atmosphere for those watching last night’s game. Although we didn’t get the result we wanted, we are pleased that a majority followed our advice and paid attention to the messages we were sharing throughout the games.”