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EURO 2020: England faces disciplinary charges over ‘laser pointer’ attack on Schmeichel


Euro 2020: UEFA fines England €30,000 over 'laser pointer' attack on Schmeichel

The Three Lions of England are facing disciplinary proceedings from UEFA following their Euro 2020 semi-final win over Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday night.

UEFA has charged England fans for using a ‘laser pointer’ – a clearly visible luminous green light- to attempt to distract Kasper Schmeichel prior to Harry Kane’s goal in the 14th minute of extra time.

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Although Schmeichel saved Kane’s initial spot-kick, he was unable to stop Kane from netting the rebound which proved decisive as the Three Lions booked a place in their first final at a major tournament since 1966.

The penalty was deemed controversial after replays showed that there was little contact on Raheem Sterling prior to his fall in the Denmark 18-year-box which led to the penalty,

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UNILAD reported that UEFA, on July 8, said there had also been a disturbance during the singing of the national anthem, and an incident in which a supporter lit fireworks.

England is thereby facing three counts stated below, per The Independent:

  1. Use of laser pointer by its supporters – Article 16(2)(d) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
  2. Disturbance caused by its supporters during the national anthem – Article 16(2)(g) DR
  3. Lighting of fireworks by its supporters – Article 16(2)(c) DR
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The charges are set to be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body in ‘due course’ as England face Italy in Sunday’s final at Wembley.