Maguire: Dad caught in ‘stampede’; abuse ‘does not surprise me’

Date published: Wednesday 14th July 2021 8:46 - Matthew Stead

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Harry Maguire has told how his father was left with suspected broken ribs by ticketless fans who breached security at Wembley at the Euro 2020 final.

The England defender’s dad was caught up in the chaotic scenes inside the stadium on Sunday night and left struggling to breathe.

Maguire described what happened as “scary” and says his family will be “more aware” when attending games in future.

The 28-year-old, who emphatically smashed home his penalty in England’s shoot-out defeat, told The Sun: “My dad was in the stampede. I have not spoken with him too much but I am pleased my kids didn’t go to the game.

“It was scary – he said he was scared and I don’t want anyone to experience that at a football match.

“I have seen a lot of videos and have spoken to dad and my family. It was my dad and agent who suffered the most. He was struggling with his breathing afterwards because of his ribs, but he’s not one to make a big fuss – he got on with it.

“I hope we can learn from this and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Dad will always support me and go to the games but he will be a little bit more aware of everything going on around. We should all be more aware and learn from it.

“Things could have been a lot worse but we have to make sure it does not happen again.”

Maguire also offered his public support to the three players that missed penalties in England’s shootout defeat: Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.

Jadon Sancho and Gareth Southgate

“When I was 19 or 20, I would have been standing there saying ‘I don’t want to take one’. There is no chance I would have been putting my hand up at their age,” he said.

“So look at the courage and bravery of these young lads, look at the age of Bukayo, Jadon and Marcus.

“The things I have gone through have made me more confident and have given me belief. I am able to handle those situations better, now I am happy to take one and I executed it well.

“These people who are being abusive would not be able to handle the pressure. It does not surprise me. For the three lads who have given everything for the country and been so brave to get this is terrible.

“It is the highest amount of pressure you will feel, so to do it at their age and to show such bravery should be applauded.

“I spoke with the three lads afterwards. I have checked up with them and seen how they are but they are courageous lads. They should be applauded rather than criticised.”

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