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08th Jul 2021

England charged by UEFA over Schmeichel laser and national anthem

Charlie Herbert

England look set to be punished for three incidents during the semi final.

UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against England for three incidents that took place during their Euro 2020 semi final clash with Denmark on Wednesday.

A statement released by UEFA on Thursday 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.

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.”

Gareth Southgate’s men beat Denmark 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday evening, but the game was host to a number of controversies.

As Kane stepped up to take the crucial penalty in extra time – which in itself was a controversial moment – Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel seemed to have a laser pen shone in his face.

Despite this, Schmeichel saved the penalty, only for Kane to slot in the rebound.

The governing body of European football will also be investigating “disturbance caused by its supporters during the national anthem,” which would seem to be in relation to the booing from England fans during the Danish national anthem.

The third charge is for the “lighting of fireworks” by England supporters. After the final whistle, it seems that fans let of fireworks and flares outside Wembley in celebration.