An Unknown England fans’ actions during the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 semi-final victory against Denmark has resulted in England being charged by UEFA.
The incident took place as Harry Kane stepped up to take the winning penalty in the 104th minute of the contest.
ITV showed footage of a green laser flashing across Kasper Schmeichel’s face as he prepared to face Kane’s spot-kick in extra time.
Leicester goalkeeper Schmeichel did not appear to be aware of the attempted distraction and indeed saved the penalty before the England striker tucked away the rebound to score what proved to be the winning goal.
Despite the 34-year-old not knowing about what was going on externally in the crowd, ITV presenter Mark Pougatch quite rightly decided to condemn the stupid act committed by the perpetrator.
He said: “One thing we have spotted just as Harry Kane took the penalty and which is completely unacceptable and ridiculous…look, someone’s got a laser pen in the stands.
“Whoever they are they’re an idiot, him or her, and we can just hope that it didn’t put Kasper Schmeichel off because it’s stupid and he doesn’t deserve that.
“That sort of thing, nobody wants to see.”
We now have some clarity of the retribution handed out by UEFA to England for this specific incident.
The Three Lions have been charged on three counts.
First being under ‘Article 16(2)(d) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations DR’ for the ‘use of laser pointer by its supporters.”
Noticeably, the other interesting charge is ‘Article 16(2)(g) DR’ of the UEFA code which is in relation to booing opposition national anthems.
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Behaviour like this still hasn’t been stamped out of football, with tribalism richly engrained in English football culture.
Unsurprisingly, there is a big chance we see more of this type of behaviour during Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley Stadium.