Euro 2020 could lead to a booze-filled ‘bonkfest’ that could increase the spread of Covid, a security expert has claimed.
The risk will be worth it according to Professor Anthony Glees, who said people have been “cooped up” for too long during a series of lockdowns with Brits in need of the “release”.
The tournament, which has been delayed by a year thanks to the pandemic, kicked off in earnest yesterday with London’s iconic Wembley Stadium operating at 25% for England’s fixtures against Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic.
Professor Glees, of the University of Buckingham, said: “There are going to be security worries about behaviour that will go well beyond the ‘letting your hair down’.
Football fans could use the tournament as an opportunity to romp
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“Lots of booze, white powders of all kinds, leading to brawls and fights, and even sexual encounters with ladies who may have been waiting some time to ply their trade.
“Sales of condoms are said to have gone up astronomically. It’s great that people are being responsible, but obviously this is something which could lead to a spike in Covid cases.
“But people need the release, they’ve deserved it. It’s a risk worth taking.”
Pub sales have been hit by social distancing and lockdown in the last year
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Football fans in Portugal have been blamed for an increase in coronavirus cases that saw the country removed from the UK’s ‘green list’.
Man City and Chelsea fans flocked to the Champions League final in Porto, along with Sporting Lisbon supporters celebrating their team’s first national title in 19 years.
There are fears that could be replicated in Euro 2020 host cities, which as well as London and Glasgow include Rome, Amsterdam, Munich, Seville, Saint Petersburg and Budapest.