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Euro 2020: England fined £25,630 after laser pointer shone at Denmark keeper during semi-final

Written by on 10/07/2021

The English Football Association has been fined £25,630 after a laser pointer was shone at the Denmark goalkeeper during England’s Euro 2020 semi-final game.

TV pictures showed a green light being shone on Kasper Schmeichel‘s face just before he saved Harry Kane’s extra-time penalty – only for the England captain to score the rebound.

Fans also booed the Scandinavian country’s national anthem and set off fireworks inside Wembley stadium.

The FA was charged with the three offences after the game.

England won 2-1 to advance to Sunday’s final against Italy.

Kane's penalty was save by the Danish keeper
Image: Kane’s penalty was save by the Danish keeper

The fine, confirmed by European governing body UEFA, also takes into account disturbances during the national anthems at Wembley and the setting off of fireworks.

More than 60,000 people attended the semi-final, and a similar crowd is expected for the final – the first for England in 55 years.

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A statement from UEFA read: “The CEDB has decided to fine the English Football Association €30,000 for the use of laser pointer, disturbances during the national anthems and setting of fireworks.”

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman has condemned the use of the laser by a supporter.

“UEFA are looking into that, that’s a matter for them but it’s not something we would want to see,” Mr Johnson said.

He also urged fans not to boo teams during their national anthem.

“We don’t want fans to be booing teams. We want fans to be showing support and being respectful,” he said.

 Sky News

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