It’s a reality that many will be sad about the result in the penalty shootout that took place in the final of the Euros between Italy and England (3-2; Italy won in penalties). It was also sad to see the vandalism, the abuse and the racism Saka, Sancho, and Rashford receive from the social media, as well from other areas.
This is something that really must be stop now, and all those involved should be held accountable; it is just unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour.
Thankfully, the Women’s Euros are taking place next summer; and hopefully, the supporters will show those fans how to really support their football national team. Wembley will be hosting another European final in just 12 months, as the whole event is being hosted in England.
England’s women are two-time European finalists, in 1984 and 2009, and will surely take inspiration from Southgate’s team’s run as they try and go one better at Wembley on 31st July 2022. Next year, it could be really coming home.
The tickets for the Women’s Euros go on sale this Tuesday. They start from just £5, while more than half a million are priced at £25; even the most expensive tickets for the final are just £50. Plus, unlike the long trips fans needed to do between knockout games for the men’s quarter-finals, in St Petersburg, Munich, Baku, and Rome, the last-eight ties in the Women’s Euros will be played at Brighton, Brentford, Leigh and Rotherham.
The games will be surely be as exciting as to this summer’s drama. Italy will be a strong side once again, for a start, along with powerhouses including eight-time champions Germany, as well as France, Holland and Spain. Denmark have a decent chance too, as do Sweden, while England also has the potential to go very far into the competition and make history.
It’s for sure that next summer we won’t be seeing any sort of vandalism among fans, booing of players taking a knee, or breaking into a stadium that they don’t have tickets for. In fact, and as seen on previous tournaments, fans will be united in their support for the LGBTQ+ community (women’s football has a track record for being one of the most inclusive and safe spaces in sport).
Being supportive doesn’t mean fans won’t be enjoying the event. On the contrary… Next year will surely bring a new hope, new faces, and a new England Women manager in Sarina Wiegman, as well as a great chance to bring it home with respect and love, and finally make this sport a better place.