England charged by UEFA over fan directing laser pointer at Kasper Schmeichel and ‘disturbance’ during national anthem

Kasper Schmeichel was targeted with a laser pointer before Harry Kane’s winning goal for England (Picture: ITV)

UEFA have confirmed that disciplinary proceedings have begun against England in the wake of the side’s Euro 2020 semi-final victory 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 on Kasper Schmeichel’s face as the Denmark goalkeeper was targeted prior to Harry Kane’s penalty 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 strike proved decisive as Gareth Southgate’s men held firm to win 2-1.

The result set up a mouthwatering clash between England and Italy on Sunday night which will be the Three Lions’ first final at a major tournament since 1966.

Southgate speaks after England beat Denmark 2-1, qualify for Euros final

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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.

There are also investigations underway into the disruption which took place during the visitors’ national anthem after loud boos could be heard and fireworks were set off.

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

UEFA’s charge list against England

  • Use of laser pointer by its supporters – Article 16(2)(d) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
  • Disturbance caused by its supporters during the national anthem – Article 16(2)(g) DR
  • Lighting of fireworks by its supporters – Article 16(2)(c) DR

A ‘very disappointed’ Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand disputed referee Danny Makkelie’s decision to award England the 104th-minute penalty in the first place after Joakim Maehle was adjudged to have fouled Sterling inside the box.

‘It was a penalty which should not have been a penalty,’ he told reporters shortly after the final whistle.

‘It is something which annoys me right now. We are very disappointed.

‘You cannot pass by the ball on the pitch, which has so much influence on the game.’

Throughout this summer’s tournament, the FA have repeatedly urged supporters to respect the national anthems of opposition teams and the decision from some players to take the knee.

‘Whether you are at Wembley Stadium, or watching from somewhere else, please support England in the right way, before, during and after the match,’ an FA statement said prior to England’s quarter-final win over Ukraine.

‘This includes respecting each national anthem and the players’ choice to take the knee before kick-off.

‘We want you to be able to watch the match in a safe and ­enjoyable environment that’s free from any discriminatory or disrespectful behaviour.’

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