In what should be touted as an epic battle between two Euro Championship starved teams, Italy hasn't won the title since 1968 and England has never won it, instead, we are talking about the semi-final where lasers, fireworks, and unsportsmanlike booing during a national anthem took place by England fans. Almost 28 million fans watched England beat Denmark after a penalty kick rebound in the 104th minute, compare that with 8.5 million viewers for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In thrilling fashion, Harry Kane scored on a penalty kick rebound after it was initially saved. However, that was not the big controversy after the media caught this image of what looks to be a laser being pointed into the Denmark goalie's eyes...
LevitatingDeBruyne🇩🇰 on Twitter: "So UEFA have opened 3 cases against England after the Denmark game yesterday. Pyrotechnics, booing under the Danish national anthem and pointing lasers at the Danish players. Hope some of the fans get what they deserve pic.twitter.com/f7ydSMytUY / Twitter"
So UEFA have opened 3 cases against England after the Denmark game yesterday. Pyrotechnics, booing under the Danish national anthem and pointing lasers at the Danish players. Hope some of the fans get what they deserve pic.twitter.com/f7ydSMytUY
The controversy started well before that, as UEFA is also expected to charge England with booing during the Denmark national anthem as well as lighting off fireworks near their supporters, also during the national anthem.
I am not sure what type of penalties will be exacted on the wild Wembley crowd, but surely the organization cannot punish the team themselves, and they will head to the finals to battle Italy, just don't expect England to host any Euro official matches in the near future. Since UEFA on Wednesday opened disciplinary proceedings and charged England over their fans’ behavior during their Euro 2020 semi-final victory over Denmark, I am guessing a detailed penalty menu should appear soon.
~Michael Patrick Day, Irish Proud and writer for 12oz Sports