For the first time since November 2019, the Three Lions of England had the opportunity to play a game at the Wembley Stadium in the presence of Spectators and almost ended tragically for one of the spectators.
Recall that the national team has been playing at the Wembley Stadium behind closed doors to prevent the spread of the dreaded coronavirus. But in the European Championship match between England and Croatia, the European football governing body, UEFA, permitted 18,497 spectators to gain access into the stadium that has 90,000 capacity.
Unfortunately for an English fan whose identity has not been made public, the fan fell from the stand while watching the game. Authorities in England confirmed that the fan sustained a serious injury and was treated at the premises of the stadium before the fan was taken to a nearby hospital.
“We can confirm that a spectator fell from the stands just after kick-off in the match between England and Croatia at Wembley Stadium”, A Wembley Stadium spokesperson said.
“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.”
Besides the incident involving the fan, other English fans that had the opportunity to watch the game left the stadium with a big smile, thanks to Raheem Sterling’s 57th-minute goal that gave England a 1-0 victory over Croatia.
The Wembley Stadium will host England’s second Euro 2020 match which is against Scotland. The natch is scheduled to take place on June 18.
Besides several other games that will take place at the stadium during Euro 2020, the game most football fans are looking forward to is the final of the European Championship. The Wembley Stadium has already been scheduled to host the final on July 11.
Reports in England claimed that the European football governing body, UEFA, is working hard to convince government authorities to permit more spectators to gain access into the stadium for the final game of the tournament.