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CONTROVERSY: Laser pointer sees UEFA open disciplinary proceedings

CONTROVERSY: Laser pointer sees UEFA open disciplinary proceedings

PA - Mike Eggerton

 

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against England after a laser pointer was shone in the face of Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in Wednesday night’s Euro 2020 semi-final.

Schmeichel was facing up to England captain Harry Kane after the home side had won a penalty, when a laser was shone in his face as the kick was about to be taken.

Although Schmeichel did save the spot kick, Kane went on to convert the rebound and ultimately send England through to the final.

There was no complaints in the immediate aftermath but UEFA announced on Thursday that proceedings against England had begun.

 

National Anthems

 

Two other charges have been levelled after incidents during England’s 2-1 victory at Wembley.

Along with investigating the laser pointer, UEFA is also looking into the booing of the Denmark national anthem and the lighting of fireworks inside the stadium.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said: “UEFA are looking into that, that’s a matter for them but it’s not something we would want to see.”

Johnson also urged fans not to boo teams during their national anthem.

“We don’t want fans to be booing teams. We want fans to be showing support and being respectful,” he said.

Wednesday's game against Denmark is not the first time this tournament that England fans have been called in to question, before their Round of 16 win over Germany, some sections of the Wembley crowd booed the German national anthem.

 


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