AN England fan was left fuming after paying £1,000 for a Euro 2020 final ticket… only to be denied entry to Wembley.
Footy lover Thomas Watson, 25, forked out a grand to watch Sunday’s showpiece event between the Three Lions and Italy live.
Despite turning up late to kick-off, he had his £1,040 ticket – which cost double the general price – given the green light at check-in.
However, Thomas was not allowed inside the Wembley stands after gates were shut due to ticketless thugs storming the stadium.
Thomas’ father, who had his own ticket, managed to find a way in at half-time.
But his son wasn’t as fortunate after they split up in search of separate routes.
It meant the sales assistant from Luton missed almost the entire match.
Thomas did manage to get inside to see Italy’s winning penalty and England’s heartbreaking defeat after exit doors were opened.
But he admits he was left devastated by the brutal barring and his expensive 30 seconds of action.
Thomas said: “I’d already had my ticket scanned but I just wasn’t allowed in – it was very frustrating after paying over £1,000 for it.
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“The police had formed a line at the top of the stairs to stop thugs that were barging through without a ticket – but even with mine in my hand I wasn’t allowed through.
“There were lots of people like me who had real tickets but it didn’t seem to matter.
“What’s annoying is that a lot of the people who forced their way in did manage to watch the match, and yet I ended up sat outside listening to everyone cheering when we scored.
“It was so disappointing because I’d been so excited about it.
“I’m just so disappointed. I paid over a grand to watch the last 30 seconds of the match.”
The FA have promised a a full investigation into how ticketless thugs barged their way inside Wembley.
They said: “The behaviour of the people who illegally forced their way into the stadium was unacceptable, dangerous and showed total disregard for the safety and security protocols in place.
"No steward or security staff should be subjected to this type of behaviour and we thank them for their support on the night.
"We also apologise to anyone at the match whose experience was affected by this unprecedented level of public disorder.
"We will continue to work with the relevant authorities to identify and take action against these people where possible."
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