A further update emerges on the condition of an injured England fan after his horror fall at Wembley, before being rushed to A&E.
An investigation has been launched into the incident, which occurred soon after the start of the Three Lions’ 1-0 win, a match watched by 18,497 spectators.
The Aston Villa fan is still recovering in hospital, with details on the extent of his injuries revealed after fans watched him go flying over a barrier and onto the ground below.
The Villa supporter, who is reportedly known as Jon, allegedly fell 20 feet from the front of the top tier at the stadium into the Club Wembley seats down before suffering two broken ankles, femur and a fractured pelvis, friends have said.
One England fan said: “We saw his legs go over the barrier and then he fell and hit the ground and didn’t move.
“It seemed to take staff ages to get to him. One guy near us who saw the whole thing was crying his eyes out.”
Another England fan added: “I didn’t see it but spoke to some of the guys who did at half time. They were traumatised. He fell from the balcony towards the seats and the concrete.
“I think it happened around kick-off otherwise I would have noticed. That bit of seating was cleared.”
The supporter who saw the fall, said: “It was awful to witness.
“It happened after the national anthem but before the players took the knee, so probably one or two minutes before kickoff.
“He fell from the upper tier into 208 in the middle tier. When he fell an off-duty firefighter got to him within seconds.
“We were trying to get stewards and medical professionals on scene.”
The fan claimed it took at least five minutes for the man to receive any medical attention.
“The stewarding was absolutely awful, no urgency,” he said.
Those closest to the injured supporter have also told BirminghamLive how Jon – who follows Aston Villa and England both home and away – was attempting to put his St George’s flag on the railings just prior to the whistle for kick off before falling.
Ambulance staff quickly got to where he was located and assist the supporter before he was transferred to hospital where he’s since undergone a series of operations.
A Wembley Stadium spokesperson told BirminghamLive: “We can confirm that a spectator fell from the stands just after kick off in the match between England and Croatia at Wembley Stadium.
“The spectator was given on-site medical attention and was then taken to hospital in a serious condition.
“We will continue to work with UEFA to ensure the matter is fully investigated and we are continuing to monitor the situation.”
UEFA, meanwhile, confirmed the incident but declined further comment, citing privacy reasons.
BirminghamLive has been told that Villa fan Jon is recovering well and is out of critical care while dozens of messages of support have been sent online following the shocking incident on Sunday afternoon at around 2pm.
Fans reacted as an update emerges on the condition of the injured England fan after his horror Wembley fall…
@sandraarobinso3: All the best for a speedy recovery Jon UTV ❤💙 xx
@GavinAvfc: That’s horrific!
@The_Drell: I heard about this. Damn. Speedy recovery, man!
@RichiBoi11: As soon as I heard this was a Villa fan who follows England home and away I knew exactly who it was. I hope he gets better soon, the injuries sound horrendous.
@MartynS71379956: Get well soon jon
@faonamission: Wishing Jon a speedy recovery UTV
@AVFCFaithful_: Wembley can be dangerous there isn’t much support or railings!
@MOZY_B: It’s steep as fuck in the upper tier and at the moment there is no one in front to catch you
@SirSmuglasEllis: Get well soon Jon! First, he has his flag nicked on tour. Now, this!!!! Perhaps sack the whole flag thing off mate! All the best with the recovery. #avfc #vtid #utv
@Moorski7: Hope this man can make a full recovery sounds horrific Get well soon 🙏🏻🦁
@Dannygav77: That sounds absolutely horrific. Hope he makes a full recovery
@dpwhite48: Nasty injuries let’s hope he makes a full recovery 💜💙🦁
@thallium_72: I don’t know Jon but i wish him a full and speedy recovery after such a horrific accident. The steps on that upper tier are incredibly steep. Here’s hoping you’re back at Villa Park as soon as possible mate
@neil1212uk: Wishing him a Speedy recovery UTV
@ForeverAYellow: Jeez sounds quite the painful one, a lucky man to survive that like. Wishing him all the best in his recovery