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England hit with UEFA ban following EURO 2020 final trouble

England hit with UEFA ban following EURO 2020 final trouble

Euro 2020 final marred by thuggery

The euphoria surrounding England reaching the Euro 2020 final in their home country quickly turned sour this summer, as violence stemmed from ticketless fans storming Wembley.

After dispatching of Denmark by two goals to one in the semi-final days earlier, the Three Lions reached their first final since 1966, with Gareth Southgate having led his side past Germany and Ukraine, too.

However, as alluded to above, fans without tickets stormed the ground, with around 5000 extra spectators finding their way into the fixture. Leicester Square, too, saw violence and disorder reign from midday, while there was also a pitch invader and audible booing of the Italian national anthem.

 

UEFA hit England with ban

As a result of the disruption, a UEFA investigation has concluded that England should be hit with a two-match ban for home supporters, one of which will be suspended.

This only applies to UEFA games, namely Euro 2024 qualifiers and Nations League fixtures, meaning the ban will likely not come into effect until 2022 at the very earliest, given the fact that the World Cup is next year.

In addition, the FA have been hit with a 100,000 euro fine “for the lack of order and discipline inside and around the stadium, for the invasion of the field of play, for throwing of objects and for the disturbances during the national anthems”.

Is this justified, or should the punishment have been even harsher?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.