Police have given an update on a widely shared social media video of a ‘fan being thrown in the Thames’ as Italy and England fans clash.
Overnight, there was rumours apparently claiming that a man was chucked into the river in London following England’s defeat against Italy on Sunday night.
The video, which originated from a Snapchat account called LambethDrillNews, was widely shared on Twitter, shows a man getting thrown from what appears to be the top of a canal boat into the water.
The Met Police told various media outlets that the location of the video “doesn’t look like the River Thames” and added there have been no reports about the alleged incident.
The video went viral, getting over 3,000 likes and 207,000 views in less than 24 hours.
Someone was thrown into the river Thames in London.😳😢
— Chika Ezeabiama 🇳🇬🇬🇧 (@ps6811) July 11, 2021
It could just be that the craziness and hype of the racial incidents and carnage caused by supporters in and around Wembley as well as Leicester Square that a number of Twitter users have jumped on the bandwagon, possibly fueling it and creating false rumours for attention or their chance to get attention.
One tweet, which has now been liked by over 4,500 people, said: “someone committed suicide, someone got thrown into the river thames, people running each other over with cars, street fights and stabbings… this country is finished”.
The false report comes after 49 people were arrested by Met Police before 2am on Monday morning after England lost to Italy on penalties.
A total of 19 Met Police officers were injured as they worked to control violent fans during the Euro 2020 final.
Away from all the so called alleged incidents, a video shared to social media shows a fight break out on Sunday night as one football fan draped in an Italian flag brawls with a group of other men believed to be England supporters.
Despite some members of the public seemingly trying to calm the situation and hold those involved back, they eventually revert to more pushing and punching.
There was a strong police presence around London as officers tried to keep celebrating Azzuri fans away from the irate and unhappy English lads.
— Paul Brown 🇬🇧 Browns fan🏈 London News 🎥Vlogger (@PaulBrown_UK) July 12, 2021
The FA said it was “entirely unacceptable” and those involved were “an embarrassment to the England team”.
The Metropolitan Police said it had worked with security staff to prevent further breaches and also supported officials in ejecting ticketless fans.
The FA said it would “work with the relevant authorities to take action against anyone who is identified to have illegally forced their way into the stadium”.
The Metropolitan Police Federation body, which represents thousands of London’s police officers, tweeted: “These people should be ashamed of themselves.
“They are not fans. They are thugs. We wish our injured colleagues well.”
The statement from police came after Wembley Stadium initially denied that anyone without a ticket had gained entry, saying: “There were no security breaches of people without tickets getting inside the stadium.”
In a later statement, a stadium spokesperson said: “There was a breach of security and a small group of people got into the stadium.
“We are now working closely with stadium stewards and security to remove these people. Anyone inside the stadium without a ticket will be instantly ejected.”
Health minister Edward Argar told Sky News action would be taken against those who had broken the law.
He said: “It is sad when a very small number of people, a tiny minority, bring the sport into disrepute by trying to do something like this.
“Again, I would say they are not reflective of the fans of our national game and our national team.”
A large crowd was also trying to enter the fan zone in Trafalgar Square without tickets shortly before kick-off, the Met Police said.
Police said they had been “engaging with the crowd and telling them to disperse”.
At Wembley, a man was taken to hospital after he was hit by a bus on High Road. Police said the bus driver stopped at the scene and the man’s injuries were not said to be life-threatening.
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