UEFA has charged England as well as opened disciplinary proceedings for their fans’ inappropriate behaviour during the Euro 2020 semi-final clash against Denmark on Wednesday. Among the allegations against the fans was one of a laser being pointed at Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel’s face as he was preparing for Harry Kane’s penalty.
Photos have surfaced on social media showing green lasers being pointed at the Leicester City goalkeeper just before the penalty that ultimately decided the encounter in extra-time. Supporters at the Wembley also booed the Danish national anthem ahead of the clash.
The booing was also condemned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson. “We don't want fans to be booing teams. We want fans to be showing support and being respectful,” The BBC quoted him as saying.
“Uefa are looking into that, that's a matter for them but it's not something we would want to see.”
UEFA on Thursday said it has charged England for the “use of laser pointer”, “disturbance caused during the national anthem” and “lighting of fireworks” by their fans. “The case will be dealt with by the Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) in due course,” the BBC quoted a statement from the European football’s governing body as saying.
Schmeichel saved Kane’s penalty, but parried it straight into the path of the England and Tottenham Hotspur striker, who netted what went on to become the match winner as Gareth Southgate’s men booked their first-ever European Championships final berth with a comeback, 2-1 win.