The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has launched three separate charges against England after the team secured a 2-1 semi-final win against the Danes last night.
The result left fans cheering that ‘it’s coming home’, as it marked the first time England has made it through to a major football tournament final since the 1966 World Cup. But despite all praise, UEFA has drawn attention to numerous disturbances that took place throughout the game at Wembley Stadium.
One of the charges refers to when a fan shone a laser pen into the face of Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, as he prepared to face Harry Kane’s penalty during extra time. However, the green laser was seemingly avoided by Schmeichel when he saved the spot-kick – that is, until Kane managed to take advantage of the rebound and secure England’s win.
Absolutely shocking that this was allowed to happen! Someone used a laser pen on Kasper Schmeichel!!! pic.twitter.com/73goP3J00a
— Swansea Beat ⚽️ (@swanseabeat) July 7, 2021
The morning after the game, UEFA then released a statement with regards to the disturbances during the singing of the national anthem, as well as an incident in which a supporter lit fireworks. As per the statement, the charges against England are as follows:
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
These charges will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) in ‘due course’. This comes shortly after the controversial accusations that the team was cheating when it came to the foul which scored them their penalty.
UEFA opens disciplinary action proceedings against England for the laser pen pointed at Schmeichel during Kane’s penalty, the booing of Denmark’s anthem and use of fireworks pic.twitter.com/lexOHO5wXp
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) July 8, 2021
England will now face Italy in what will be the first European championship final in the team’s history.