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MPs recommend unauthorised access to football stadiums to be a criminal offence


The creation of a new criminal offence of unauthorised entry to football matches has been recommended by MPs.

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee called for its introduction following an inquiry into spectator safety.

It comes after the disorder at the Euro 2020 final, when people without tickets tried to get into Wembley Stadium to watch England's defeat by Italy.

A distinct criminal offence regarding unauthorised entry would allow a football banning order to be imposed.

Chair of the committee Dame Caroline Dinenage said: "Tailgating and other forms of unauthorised entry into grounds are an increasing problem at high-profile matches putting safety at risk from overcrowding.

"Those involved should know that they will face consequences and the government should back legislation to ensure they can be banned."

A review found "ticketless, drunken and drugged-up thugs" could have caused death at the Euro 2020 final.

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