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Euro 2020: England charged by UEFA

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England are set to face punishment for three incidents which took place during their Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark on Wedneday night.

The Three Lions came from behind to beat their opponents 2-1 and set up a final against Italy on Sunday as they look to win their first major tournament since the 1966 World Cup.

However, there were a number of controversial incidents on the night, with Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel having a laser pen shone in his eyes before Harry Kane took his extra-time penalty.

And the Danish national anthem was also booed ahead of kick-off by a number of fans, while others set off flares.

A statement released by UEFA on Thursday announced that England would be charged for the three incidents as a result.

It read: “Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA EURO 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark (2-1), played on 7 July at Wembley Stadium, London.

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Charges against England :

  • Use of laser pointer by its supporters – Article 16(2)(d) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
  • Disturbance caused by its supporters during the national anthem – Article 16(2)(g) DR
  • Lighting of fireworks by its supporters – Article 16(2)(c) DR

The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) in due course.”

It is not clear exactly what the punishment will be, but it is likely the English FA will receive a big fine.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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