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 violence at the Euro 2020 finals after being forced to intervene in a fight between two fans.
- The former rugby player called the scenes at Wembley Stadium 'unsavory' and 'absolutely ridiculous' on the latest episode of his podcast.
- In other royal news, Princess Eugenie cancels August’s christening this weekend.
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.
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.
"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.
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Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.
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