UEFA investigating Wembley clashes, charge England FA after Euro final


UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings and charged England’s Football Association (FA) for disturbances throughout Sunday’s Euro 2020 final in opposition to Italy at Wembley, Europe’s soccer governing physique mentioned on Tuesday.

UEFA additionally mentioned it had appointed an Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector to conduct a separate investigation into the “events involving supporters which occurred inside and around the stadium”. The final, which Italy received in a penalty shootout, was marred by clashes between followers and officers in and across the stadium.

British police, who mentioned 19 of its officers had been injured, have thus far arrested a complete of 86 individuals. Some 53 of the arrests had been at Wembley. The fees in opposition to the FA embody: invasion of the sector of play by its supporters, throwing of objects by its supporters, disturbance attributable to its supporters in the course of the nationwide anthem and lighting of a firework.

Boos had been heard across the stadium when the Italian anthem was performed earlier than kickoff whereas a pitch invader interrupted the match, with the referee stopping play whereas the stewards chased him down. “The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body in due course,” UEFA mentioned.

The Met Police had urged followers to not journey to Wembley if they didn’t have a ticket. However, a number of followers breached safety cordons and charged into the perimeter space of Wembley earlier than kickoff. The FA mentioned on Monday they’d conduct a full overview into the safety breach. They condemned the behaviour of followers who pressured their means into the stadium and apologised to those that had tickets for the “unprecedented level of public disorder”.

British Formula One driver Lando Norris was mugged and had his watch value 40,000 kilos ($55,364) stolen, together with his crew McLaren saying the 21-year-old was “understandably shaken”. Last week the FA had been fined 30,000 euros ($35,460) after a laser pointer was shone at Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel throughout what proved to be the deciding second of their Euro 2020 semi-final.

The FA had been additionally charged for followers booing in the course of the Danish anthem and for the setting off of fireworks in the course of the semi-final.


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