England Given Stadium Ban After Euro 2020 Final Events

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UEFA have ordered England to play one match behind closed doors as a punishment for the unrest seen at the Euro 2020 final against Italy.

A ban for a second game has also been imposed, although this is suspended for two years.

As well as the ban, the FA have been fined €100,000 (£84,560) for “the lack of order and discipline inside and around the stadium”.

Troubles outside Wembley in the build-up to England’s first major final since 1966 initially resulted in 86 arrests as well as ticketless fans gaining entry to the stadium.

England Given One-Game Stadium Ban

FA Statement

In a statement, the FA said: “Although we are disappointed with the verdict, we acknowledge the outcome of this UEFA decision.

“We condemn the terrible behaviour of the individuals who caused the disgraceful scenes in and around Wembley Stadium at the Euro 2020 final, and we deeply regret that some of them were able to enter the stadium.

“We are determined that this can never be repeated, so we have commissioned an independent review, led by Baroness Casey, to report on the circumstances involved.

“We continue to work with the relevant authorities in support of their efforts to take action against those responsible and hold them to account.”

Given that this is a UEFA ruling, England’s remaining World Cup qualifying games, which are overseen by FIFA, will not be affected by the ban.

England are also considering hosting a friendly against Germany next March, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein.

This, too, would not be affected.

Germany have already qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, while England could seal their qualification in the next international break when they play Albania and San Marino.

If England were to drop points and lose top spot in Group I, they would instead have to go into the play-offs during that March international break rather than playing Germany.

 

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