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Francesco Acerbi, Leonardo Bonucci and teammates celebrate after victory in the Euro 2020 Championship final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium in July 2021. Picture: Getty

Miguel Delaney, the Irish football writer, was sitting in the stands in Wembley during the Euro 2020 final, watching the carnage unfold.

Five hours earlier he had arrived at Wembley Way, the long, broad thoroughfare outside the famous London stadium to find it full of people.

With no police in sight anywhere, the throngs of people were unsupervised and uninhibited.

“There was pretty open cocaine use, people throwing things into the air, public nudity, fans climbing on things,” Delaney told the Business Post last week. “There was no outright violence, but it had a kind of lairy edge to it all.