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UEFA sanctions England after fracas at Euro 2020 final

October 18, 2021
UEFA
UEFA

England have been hit with a two-match stadium ban after the disgraceful scenes that marred the EURO 2020 final defeat to Italy back in July.

Ticketless supporters clashed with stewards and police as some forced their way into the stadium for the clash with Italy, which was England’s first major final since 1966.

The capacity for the final had been reduced to 60,000 from Wembley’s usual 90,000 due to Covid-19 restrictions, but thousands of fans gathered near the stadium on the afternoon of the match.

Stewards and police were left completely overwhelmed and unable to stop some storming through security cordons, with security protocols coming under huge scrutiny in the aftermath of the events.

UEFA has slapped the FA with the two match ban, one of which has been suspended for two years, and also with a €100,000 fine.

In a statement, the governing body in Europe said: “Following an investigation conducted by a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector regarding the incidents that occurred during the UEFA EURO 2020 final match between the national teams of Italy and England played on 11 July 2021 at Wembley Stadium, London, and the subsequent disciplinary proceedings opened against the English Football Association, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has today taken the following decision.

“To order the English Football Association to play its next two (2) UEFA competition matches as host association behind closed doors, the second of which is suspended for a probationary period of two (2) years from the date of the present decision, for the lack of order and discipline inside and around the stadium.

“To fine the English Football Association €100,000 for the lack of order and discipline inside and around the stadium, for the invasion of the field of play, for throwing of objects and for the disturbances during the national anthems.”

The FA has responded with its own statement which said: “Although we are disappointed with the verdict we acknowledge the outcome of the UEFA decision.”

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