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Euro 2020 – England charged after Kasper Schmeichel lasered prior to Harry Kane penalty


England have been charged by UEFA after Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was targeted with a laser during the deciding moment of their Euro 2020 semifinal victory at Wembley on Wednesday.

The laser was pointed at Schmeichel as England captain Harry Kane stepped up to take a penalty in extra time. The Leicester City goalkeeper initially saved Kane’s spot kick, despite the green light on his face, but Kane tapped in the rebound to send England into Sunday’s final against Italy.

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UEFA also have opened proceedings against England for the lighting of fireworks by their supporters and disturbances caused by fans during the Denmark national anthem.

In a statement UEFA said: “Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA EURO 2020 semifinal match between England and Denmark (2-1), played on 7 July at Wembley Stadium, London.”

The laser incident continues the controversy surrounding the penalty that was given after Raheem Sterling fell under the challenge of Mathias Jensen. The contact looked minimal, and a video review was needed, but after a brief wait, the decision stood.

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand was unable to hide his frustration at the decision to award the penalty, which eliminated his side from the tournament.

England are looking to win their first major trophy since the 1966 World Cup and play Italy in the European Championship final at Wembley on Sunday.





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