England fined after embarrassing Kasper Schmeichel laser incident in Euro 2020 semi-final

UEFA brought charges against the FA after somebody in the crowd at Wembley shone a green laser in the Denmark goalkeeper's face while he prepared to face Harry Kane's penalty.


The FA have been fined €30,000 after a series of instances of fan misbehaviour during England's Euro 2020 semi-final win over Denmark.

Gareth Southgate's side emerged victorious despite falling behind to Mikkel Damsgaard's free kick half an hour into the game, with Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling combining to force Simon Kjaer into scoring an own goal just minutes later.

It took until extra time for England to finally put the tie to bed, with captain Harry Kane scoring from the rebound after former Manchester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel saved his penalty.

But replays showed that somebody in the crowd had shone a green laser in Schmeichel's face as he prepared to face that spot kick, and that made up part of a UEFA Control Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) charge against the FA.

Also levied against the FA were charges of a disturbance during the national anthems and supporters lighting fireworks at the game.

The CEDB has announced that the FA will be fined for those incidents, and it can only be hoped there will not be a repeat of that kind of misbehaviour during Sunday's final against Italy.

The 8pm kick off will also be played at Wembley - the third time England has hosted a major international tournament final after the 1966 World Cup and Euro 96.

Euro 2020 has been played at stadiums around Europe for the first time this year with no one country holding sole hosting duties, but Wembley was selected as the site for both semi-finals and the final.

Roberto Mancini's Italy will be the opposition for the Three Lions in UEFA's showpiece occasion having beaten Spain on penalties in the other semi-final.

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