UEFA charges FA over England fan chaos at Euro 2020 final

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The Football Association have been charged by UEFA over the crowd trouble that ensued outside Wembley Stadium before the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy on Sunday. 

UEFA have charged The FA with four separate counts as chaos marred the occasion at the national stadium. 

Fans forced their way into the stadium, clashed with each other and officials before England’s first-ever European Championship showdown. 

They also breached security cordons and charged into the perimeter area surrounding Wembley. 

UEFA have now opened proceedings for an investigation. 

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A UEFA statement read: “Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA EURO 2020 final match between the national teams of Italy and England (1-1, Italy won 3-2 on penalties), played on 11 July at Wembley Stadium, London.

“Charges against The English Football Association:

• Invasion of the field of play by its supporters – Article 16(2)(a) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
• Throwing of objects by its supporters – Article 16(2)(b) DR
• Disturbance caused by its supporters during the national anthem – Article 16(2)(g) DR
• Lighting of a firework by its supporters – Article 16(2)(c) DR

“The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) in due course.

“Separately, and in accordance with Article 31(4) DR, a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation into events involving supporters which occurred inside and around the stadium.

“Information on this matter will be made available in due course.”

The Metropolitan Police Federation said: “These people should be ashamed of themselves.

“They are not fans. They are thugs. We wish our injured colleagues well.”

Football Association chief executive, Mark Bullingham, telling BBC Radio Four’s Today programme: “We will do a full review and we will work with the police to catch anyone involved and make sure we can prevent it ever happening again.

“Anyone caught will obviously be banned and have the right action taken against them.”

England lost following a penalty shootout defeat against Italy in their first major tournament final since 1966. 

Luke Shaw’s first international goal handed the Three Lions the lead in the second minute, prompting jubilant scenes around the country. 

However, Leonardo Bonucci equalised in the second half and the game advanced to a penalty shootout.

Marcus Rashford struck the post while Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka had their attempts saved by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, leading to a crushing defeat.

All three players were racially abused on social media in the aftermath. 

Head coach Gareth Southgate has told supporters that they have a responsibility to act responsibly while cheering on the team. 

“We can only set the example that we believe we should and represent the country in a way we feel we should when representing England.

“Everyone has to remember when they support the team that they are also representing England and they should represent what we stand for.

“The players have done that brilliantly and we can only continue to try to affect the things we can. We have had, I think, had a positive effect on lots of areas of society but we can’t affect everything.

“Other people have responsibilities in those areas. We’ve got to work collectively to improve those things.”

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