UEFA confirmed this Saturday that it had fined England 30,000 euros following incidents on the sidelines of the semi-final of Euro 2021 won against Denmark. A decision made official on the eve of the final of the continental tournament against Italy, at Wembley (9 p.m.).
After 55 years of waiting, English fans hope to see the Three Lions win a second major title at Euro 2021. But the euphoria and excitement of the competition do not excuse the excesses that occurred during the half. -final won against Denmark (2-1, ap), Wednesday at Wembley.
UEFA announced this Saturday, on the eve of the final against Italy, a sanction against England. The English football federation was fined 30,000 euros following the use of lasers and smoke by its supporters, as well as “disturbances” during the Danish anthem in the previous round.
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An investigation completed in three days
The control, ethics and disciplinary body of UEFA sanctioned England for “use of laser beam”, “disturbances” noted during the national anthems and “lighting of smoke”, can we read in a press release shared on the Confederation website.
The European body announced Thursday that it had opened disciplinary proceedings against the English federation (FA) after excesses that occurred in the semi-final won by England against Denmark on Wednesday evening at Wembley Stadium in London.
Kasper Schmeichel had seen the laser
The Danish anthem was thus whistled by part of the Wembley public, overwhelmingly English. For his part, the Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was targeted by a laser beam, especially during the decisive penalty which allowed the Englishman Harry Kane to score the victorious goal in two stages (104th).
At a press conference Thursday in Copenhagen, the goalkeeper had nevertheless explained that he had “not noticed” the laser beam during the penalty, but long before. “It was behind me, on my right,” explained the Leicester and Danish Dynamite goalkeeper. “However, I noticed it during the second half, I pointed it out to the referee who went to tell it to one of the two linesmen. “
By sanctioning the FA before the final against the Nazionale, UEFA hopes to see the English body take measures to avoid such incidents on Sunday night at Wembley.