Euro violence must be ‘turning point’ as Casey backs World Cup bid


The author of today’s damning report on the mess at the Euro 2020 final wants the “day of national shame” to be “a turning point” in the culture of “rogue” football in England and has supported the country to host the 2030 World Cup.

The UK and Ireland are considering a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup and, asking if they trust the FA to host future major tournaments, Baroness Casey said: “Yes, I think so because hindsight is one of the most amazing things that means next time you plan something you can learn from previous experiences.

“There were collective failures to see the big picture, as the storm was coming [but] the lessons they learned from it make London and the country a better place than anywhere else because we’re never going to let that happen again.

There have been many concerns about Wembley’s suitability to host major events in the future, but Baroness Casey has supported the stadium in doing so and has said the national ‘rogue’ culture must change.

“I’m sure they’re going to figure out how to make Wembley safer, but the bottom line is that this type of criminal behavior hasn’t gone away … I think that’s the main thing that needs to be tackled here, “,” If we’re a country that can’t get our fans under control, then we’ve got a problem.

“There is something about our national game that is a vector of thugs, hooliganism and racism. I would like to see the Euro on Sunday as a turning point. If we won the World Cup bid, we would never see things like that again.

“Why is it okay for footballers to receive racist chants from their own compatriots? What is happening in this country?

“Mass thugs. Drinking from nine in the morning, urinating everywhere, throwing excrement on the flight attendants. We have a problem and we need to fix it. I’ve seen too many CCTV footage to take this one calmly. We have to understand why this happened and get a handle on it. “


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