England charged by UEFA over laser pen and 'disturbance' during national anthem

UEFA have confirmed that disciplinary proceedings have begun against England in the wake of the side’s Euro 2020 semi-final win over Denmark, with the use of a ‘laser pointer’ in the Wembley crowd included on the charge list.

A luminous green light was clearly visible as Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was targeted prior to Harry Kane’s goal in the 14th minute of extra time.

Schmeichel managed to save Kane’s initial spot-kick but the England captain made no mistake on the rebound and the Three Lions held firm to secure a place in their first final at a major tournament since 1966.

An own goal from Danish skipper Simon Kjaer had earlier cancelled out Mikkel Damsgaard’s breathtaking free-kick in a pulsating first half and the two teams could not be separated in normal time.

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The English FA have also been charged after the visitors’ national anthem was disrupted by loud booing and fireworks in the moments leading up to kick-off on Wednesday evening.

The FA could be slapped with a €500 fine per firework and a fine of €8,000 for the laser pointer. The ‘disturbance’ caused during Denmark’s anthem is also likely to result in a financial punishment.

‘The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) in due course,’ a statement from UEFA said.

More to follow.

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