english fa fined e30000 after crowd disturbances in denmark win
english fa fined e30000 after crowd disturbances in denmark win

English FA fined €30,000 after crowd disturbances in Denmark win

England have been fined €30,000 by UEFA for three separate charges following their semi-final win over Denmark, including the use of a laser pointer against goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

As Schmeichel prepared to face Harry Kane’s penalty in the first half of extra time in Wednesday night’s clash, a green laser could be seen pointing at the eyes of the Danish shot-stopper.

After the game Schmeichel confirmed he was aware of the obstruction but said it only impacted him in the second half of the semi-final, and not during Kane’s penalty.

Irrespective of when the laser affected the Leicester man, unsurprisingly UEFA announced shortly after the game that charges would be brought against England, and they have now confirmed they’ve been fined €30,000 for the offences.

The fine includes punishment for the Wembley crowd booing the Danish national anthem prior to kick, as well as the lighting of fireworks by England fans.

A number of high-profile personnel have since taken to social media to request England fans don’t boo the Italian national anthem at this Sunday’s final, with prime minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesman even condemning the actions of those involved.

“We don’t want fans to be booing teams,” said the spokesman (via BBC Sport). “We want fans to be showing support and being respectful.

After the game the FA conducted an investigation alongside UEFA officials in a bid to establish which member of the crowd was responsible for pointing the laser at Schmeichel, though they were unable to locate the perpetrator.

The Danish FA were asked if they wished to make an official complaint following the incident, but they confirmed they did not want to take any further action.

For now the matter is considered closed, however, the Met Police have hinted the ordeal could be considered a criminal matter but refused to make any further comment while UEFA’s investigation was ongoing.