Mike Tindall condemns Wembley violence as 'absolutely ridiculous' after breaking up bloody fight

Mike Tindall has called the scenes at Wembley "unsavory" after breaking up a violent brawl

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall attend Wimbledon Championships Tennis Tournament at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty)
(Image credit: LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall attend Wimbledon Championships Tennis Tournament at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty)

Mike Tindall has spoken out against the Wembley violence at the Euro 2020 finals after he was forced to break up a fight between two spectators. 

Mike Tindall has condemned the violent scenes at Wembley Stadium last weekend, calling the behavior of certain spectators "absolutley ridiculous."

Speaking on his podcast, The Good, The Bad and The Rugby, the former rugby player set the record straight on the tabloid rumors that he had broken up a bloodbath brawl at the Euro 2020 finals on Sunday night. England sadly lost the nail-bitingly tense game to Italy by penalties, prompting Prince William to join devastated royal fans in sharing their 'heartbreak' after the painful defeat. 

For Mike Tindall though, the match starting going downhill long before the crushing loss. The royal in-law had his evening ruined by the behavior of two other audience members, who decided to disrupt the event with a physical fight on the sidelines. 

"A guy was there the whole time, smashed out of his face, literally didn't watch any of the game anyway, he was just too busy shouting at supporters that they should be standing on their feet, ends up getting into a fight with another one that's straight behind my seat," he told co-hosts James Haskell and Alex Payne. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: People walk along a rubbish-laden street on July 12, 2021 in London, England. Italy's men's team claimed victory over England in the UEFA EURO 2020 final at Wembley Stadium, winning the tournament for the first time since they hosted the competition in 1968. (Photo by Dave Rushen/Getty Images)

Central London was left rubbish-laden after the Euro 2020 finals on Sunday 

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Mike, who has been married to the Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall for ten years now, didn't waste time in dissipating the violence. 

"It got to a stage where this guy literally was trying to pile this guy in the face, there was a kid next to us, there was a kid on the other side crying because he couldn't see the game because of all the guys stood in the galley way and I just pulled these guys apart," he explained. Mike proceeded to try to reason with them, but his words seemed to fall on deaf ears. 

"I said to one of them, 'What are you doing? Just what are you doing?' And you know, he wandered off, blood all over him. The guy on the floor had blood all over him," he said. 

Mike, who shares three kids with Zara, went on to admit he's glad he didn't bring his children to the rowdy event. 

STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 24: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Isla Phillips (L) looks on as Mia Tindall walks alongside her father Mike Tindall whilst pushing daughter Lena Tindall in her pushchair as they attend the Gatcombe Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on March 24, 2019 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Mike Tindall with his three children in March 2021 

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"I was just like you know these kids, what are they learning about going to a live football game?" he asked. 

"We all knew that if England won, it would be the best night ever, if they lost, it's like board up your shops. Why do we have to have that mentality? It's just absolutely ridiculous and it was an unsavory environment to be in, and as I say, I wouldn't have enjoyed being there if I had had my kids there." 

The British athlete turned businessman also criticized the disrespect for the Wembley premises, highlighting the prevalence of rubbish around the stadium. 

"If I was there with my kids I would not have been that happy about it. Walking down Wembley Way was a disgrace, the amount of litter, like people who just generally didn't seem to care about anything. It's a small minority, but it's, unfortunately, the minority that you only remember," he added. 

Emma Dooney
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