Fury as England’s Lionesses are DENIED bus parade despite biggest national victory in 56 years… after MALE teams enjoyed double-decker tour following 2003 Rugby World Cup and 2005 Ashes victories
- Lionesses will not have a victory bus parade through London today, FA confirms
- FA says ‘there will not be a bus parade before or after’ party at Trafalgar Square
- Up to 7,000 supporters will still be able to celebrate the win at today’s event
- It comes just hours after fans watched England beat Germany 2-1 on big screens
The Football Association confirmed that ‘there will not be a bus parade before or after’ the victory party at Trafalgar Square today, which runs from 11am until 2pm.
Up to 7,000 supporters will still be able to celebrate the win at the event, just hours after fans watched England beat Germany 2-1 in extra-time on big screens there.
But supporters condemned the decision not to hold a parade, saying on social media that it was a ‘real shame’ and it would be the ‘least that England deserve’.
Others labelled it ‘shocking’ and ‘absolutely disgusting from @MayorofLondon and others in a position to affect this’, with one adding: ‘Someone have a word.’
It comes despite major bus parades through London both in 2003 after England won the Rugby World Cup, and in 2005 when England’s cricketers won The Ashes.
TODAY: England fans gather at Trafalgar Square in London for the Euro 2022 victory party
The Football Association confirmed ‘there will not be a bus parade before or after’ the party
The party today has been organised by the Greater London Authority (GLA), the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Westminster Council.
But it is not clear who decided to not hold a bus parade, with Westminster Council directing queries to the GLA. MailOnline has asked the GLA and DCMS for comment.
England’s players and their manager, Sarina Wiegman, will take part in a Q&A session before lifting the trophy today – with the event shown live on BBC One from 12.40pm.
FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said it was ‘only right’ that fans can celebrate the ‘historic victory’ together with the players at Trafalgar Square today.
2003 — England’s victorious Rugby World Cup team on a parade in London in December 2003
2005 – England’s cricket team on a bus in London in September 2005 after winning The Ashes
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he ‘can’t wait’ to see the team lift the trophy again in Trafalgar Square, adding: ‘They’ve broken records, and now they’ve made history.
And Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: ‘I’m delighted that we have worked quickly with the FA to put on a victory celebration in Trafalgar Square.’
Fans will be able to bring their own food and disposable or reusable water bottles – except glass – on site today, with free water refills also available.
The Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 in front of 87,000 supporters at Wembley Stadium yesterday, securing the first major tournament title for the country since 1966.
Number 10 said today that Boris Johnson will ‘definitely’ want the Lionesses to receive ‘the recognition they right deserve’ after England’s historic triumph.
Asked if the Prime Minister will back damehoods for the team following their win, his official spokesman said: ‘The Prime Minister would definitely want to see the team receive the recognition they rightly deserve for their historic victory.
‘On honours specifically, there is obviously a process that is a matter for the independent honours committee, but clearly the public want to see (the) Lionesses receive recognition.’
Unlike other successful sporting teams, the Lionesses will not be honoured with a visit to No 10 this week, because Mr Johnson is attending the funeral of Northern Ireland peace process architect Lord Trimble today and will be on holiday from Wednesday.
‘The Prime Minister is attending the funeral of Lord Trimble today which is why he is not able to join the celebrations,’ the spokesman said.