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Protect Italians from English fans, Danish woman tells police after assault on family


England fans attack Danish family after EURO 2020 match at Wembley

A Danish woman, Eva Greene, has urged the police in the United Kingdom to protect Italian fans ahead of Sunday’s EURO 2020 final against England at Wembley Stadium.

This comes after Greene’s family was allegedly assaulted by the Three Lions’ fans following the Danes’ 2-1 defeat in the semifinals of the competition on Wednesday night.

Simon Kjær’s 39th-minute own goal nine minutes after Mikkel Damsgaard’s stunning freekick pulled England back into the game before skipper Harry Kane (104′) netted the winner at extra-time.

According to the 42-year-old mother of one, some “drunk and aggressive” England fans attacked their bus on their way home from Wembley with their nine-year-old son who was left terrified and forced to flee to the top deck as his father was confronted and punched in the stomach.

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“We were sitting with a sleeping child when a crowd of people spotted our Danish T-shirts through the windows,” she told Evening Standard.

“They started banging on the windows and the doors, screaming and yelling. They started filming us, it was uncomfortable and weird because we hadn’t engaged with them – we just wanted to go home.”

Eva’s American husband, Lane, 43, tried to stop them in the corridor as the bus driver allegedly allowed the irate fans into the bus by opening the door.

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“At this point I became aware my son was getting afraid, and he went up the stairs. I went after him,” Eva said.

“When my back was turned, one guy leapt up and punched my husband in the stomach. A lovely passenger who tried to help us was slapped in the face.”

She said her plea to the fans to allow them to head home was ignored as the “vast majority” kept on banging the windows of the bus and screaming. This is as they made “jerk-off hand signals” at the family.

She continued, “We’re just a family. We just wanted to support our team. I don’t understand – why wasn’t winning enough?

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“My husband, who is actually American, was really angry, he told them they should be ashamed of themselves, that they were disgracing the English team. England’s team deserve better fans.”

Meanwhile, a Met spokesman said they were investigating an allegation of an assault on Lordship Lane, East Dulwich on Wednesday, July 7 around 11.50pm.

He said, “A passenger on a bus is alleged to have been punched by a man who was part of a crowd of people blocking the road.

“The victim did not sustain any lasting injuries and did not require hospital treatment.

“The incident was reported to police online in the early hours of Thursday, 8 July.”