England charged with four offences by UEFA after chaos at Euro 2020 final

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The Football Association has been charged with four offences by UEFA following the chaos at Wembley during the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.

England were beaten by Italy on penalties but the occasion was marred by violence both inside and outside the stadium.

Before kick-off, supporters without tickets overwhelmed stewards and stormed several entrances at Wembley.

Large numbers of fans reported that their seats had been taken by intruders, which sparked heated and violent exchanges inside Wembley.

It’s also understood that family members of the players and coaching staff from both sides were also affected. The son of Italy’s head coach Roberto Mancini revealed that he was forced to watch the first half on the steps after his seat was taken.

Last week, the FA received a €30,000 (£26,000) fine from UEFA following the disturbances during the semi final against Denmark at Wembley.

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And the FA is now in hot water once again with UEFA, which has charged English football’s governing body with four offences including the pitch invader, an object being thrown from the crowd at Leonardo Bonucci, ‘disturbance’ during Italy’s national anthem and the lighting of flares by supporters inside the stadium.

UEFA has also confirmed that a disciplinary investigation is under way following the violence between England supporters at Wembley.

A statement released by UEFA on Tuesday 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

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‘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.’

Meanwhile, the FA is adamant that security measures ‘exceeded the requirements for the match’, despite the widespread violence at Wembley.

‘We will carry out a full review and investigation into the events that took place at Wembley Stadium before and during the UEFA EURO 2020 final,’ the FA’s statement said.

‘This will be done in collaboration with the Police, the Greater London Authority, the Safety Advisory Group and the tournament delivery stakeholders.

‘Security and stewarding numbers for the UEFA EURO 2020 final exceeded the requirements for the match and were greater than any other previous event at Wembley Stadium.

‘However, the behaviour of the people who illegally forced their way into the stadium was unacceptable, dangerous and showed a total disregard for the safety and security protocols in place.

‘No steward or security staff should be subjected to this type of behaviour and we thank them for their support in the night.

‘We also apologise to anyone at the match whose experience was affected by this unprecedented level of public disorder.

‘We will continue to work with the relevant authorities to identify and take action against these people where possible.’

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