England will have to play one match behind closed doors as a punishment for the lack of discipline inside and around the Wembley Stadium during the Euro 2020 final.

UEFA also imposed a ban for a second game, which is suspended for two years.

The Football Association (FA) was earlier fined 100,000 euros (£84,560) for “the lack of order and discipline inside and around the stadium” for the game.

FA said, “Although we are disappointed with the verdict, we acknowledge the outcome of this UEFA decision.”

The ‘sickening’ scenes at Wembley

On the day of Euro final 2020, Fans confronted the stewards and police as they attempted to break into Wembley for the match on 11 July, which England lost to Italy on penalties.

Hundreds of fans got into the stadium without tickets and the ground was jammed hours before the match was kicked off.

Many spectators sat in the area reserved for players’ relatives, while England defender Harry Maguire later said that his father Alan suffered two suspected broken ribs before the game.

The Metropolitan Police had said that almost 51 people were arrested in connection to the final, with 26 of those made at Wembley.

England fans also booed the Italian anthem before the match started.

The Football Supporters’ Association’s Chief Executive Kevin Miles said that he was “sickened” by what he saw at the final.

He said, “On arrival at the stadium a couple of hours before kick-off, it was already pretty chaotic outside.”

FA said, “We condemn the terrible behavior of the individuals who caused the disgraceful scenes in and around Wembley Stadium at the Euro 2020 final, and we deeply regret that some of them were able to enter the stadium.”

“We are determined that this can never be repeated, so we have commissioned an independent review, led by Baroness Casey, to report on the circumstances involved. We continue to work with the relevant authorities in support of their efforts to take action against those responsible and hold them to account.”

UEFA’s verdict

The ban will be in place for England’s next home game in a UEFA competition, which will be in the Nations League next June.

UEFA said that the fine was related to “the lack of order and discipline inside and around the stadium, for the invasion of the field of play, for the throwing of objects and for the disturbances during the national anthems” at the Euro 2020 final.

The story was filed by the News Desk.
The Desk can be reached at info@thecorrespondent.com.pk.

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