UEFA Euro 2020: England charged by UEFA following fan clash post final loss against Italy
Italy won the UEFA Euro 2020 after taming England in the penalities during the final at the Wembley Stadium in London. Following the same, the English fans clashed against the Italian fans at the venue, leading to England being sanctioned by the UEFA.
European football was in the headlines for the past couple of days after Italy tamed England in the final of the 2020 UEFA Euro at the Wembley Stadium in London. However, it is what happened after the game that drew considerable attention, as the English fans clashed against the Italian fans at the venue.
Also, English footballers Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed their respective shots during the penalty shootout, as they were subject to racial abuse on social media. Consequently, England was hit with multiple charges by the Union of European Football Associations.
"Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA EURO 2020 final match between the national teams of Italy and England (1-1, Italy won 3-2 on penalties), played on July 11 at Wembley Stadium, London," UEFA said in a statement.
The charges include:
- Invasion of playing ground by the supporters - Article 16(2)(a) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
- Throwing in objects inside the field by the fans - Article 16(2)(b) DR
- Disrupting the national anthem by the fans - Article 16(2)(g) DR
- Firing fireworks inside the venue by the supporters - Article 16(2)(c) DR
"The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) in due course. Separately, and in accordance with Article 31(4) DR, a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation into events involving supporters which occurred inside and around the stadium," UEFA added in the statement.
Earlier, England's Football Association had condemned the racist attacks on its players. "The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism that has been aimed at some of our England players on social media," it had said in a release. Following the same, Twitter had liquidated over 1,000 tweets besides permanently discontinuing the accounts associated on the grounds of racism.
"On behalf of the European football community, UEFA strongly condemns the disgusting racist abuse directed at several England players on social media after Sunday's EURO 2020 final. There is no place in sport or society for any kind of discriminatory behaviour. UEFA stands united behind the players and the English FA's call for the toughest possible punishments for all those responsible," UEFA had noted on the same.
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