Euro 2020: UEFA blames England after fans shined laser beams on Denmark goalkeeper and blaring national anthem | UK news
UEFA has opened disciplinary action against England after fans laser-fired Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel during the Euro 2020 semi-finals and booed the Scandinavian country’s national anthem.
The laser pointer was pointed at Schmeichel before he saved Harry Kane’s penalty in extra time – only for the England captain to score the rebound.
UEFA is also investigating the lighting of fireworks inside Wembley Stadium during the match.
England won the semi-final 2-1 last night after a match with the lion’s share of chances.
They will now face Italy, undefeated for nearly three years, in the final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
If England pull off the win, it will be the first time they have won a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup.
Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate said his team deserved to be in the final, after Denmark coach Kasper Hjolmand said he believed England should never be awarded a penalty that helped them equalise.
“We were very smooth during the quarter-finals and relatively unimpressed during the second round,” Southgate said.
“We knew that at some point we would give in and we would have to respond.
“Denmark has been a great tournament. I have to give them a big credit.
“But I think about the balance of play when you look at the number of saves we had to force the goalkeeper to make and the long periods of the game where I felt we were the biggest threat, and I think we deserved it.”
The all-important penalty was awarded after England striker Raheem Sterling was sentenced to stumble in the area. The video assistant referee confirmed the decision.
You wouldn’t have found any England fans questioning the penalty decision, and there were wild celebrations across the UK as they watched Southgate’s side make history.
In London’s Piccadilly Circus, people on top of buses were photographed, while euphoria in the Trafalgar Square fan zone competed with festivities inside Wembley seven miles away.
across the country, Streets were littered With empty plastic cups, food cans, laughing gas cans and other waste as the festivities fizzled out.
Thousands of England fans will now be desperate to see if they can get tickets for the historic match.
Social distancing rules and travel restrictions meant many fans were unable to watch their team play live during the late tournament.
Some of those who secured seats on the preliminary ballot were disappointed when they lost their tickets due to the stadium’s limited capacity.