FA fights expected stadium ban after fan chaos during Euro 2020 final at Wembley in July
EXCLUSIVE: The FA will fight the expected stadium ban following the chaos of fans during the Euro 2020 final at Wembley… with UEFA considering a penalty that would see England play behind closed doors
- Chaos among supporters marred England’s penalty shoot-out loss to Italy on July 11
- Thousands of ticketless youngsters stormed the stadium for the Euro 2020 final
- UEFA does not rule out a stadium ban of at least one game for England
- FA is desperate to avoid that scenario and want to present their own mitigation
The FA has requested a personal hearing as they battle the looming prospect of a stadium ban for the chaos that marred the Euro 2020 final.
UEFA is investigating public issues that threatened to ruin one of the proudest days in English football history on 11 July and is considering a penalty that would see England play behind closed doors.
The governing body of European football is known to have misrepresented the shameful scenes and privately does not rule out a stadium ban of at least one match.
The FA has requested a personal hearing as they battle the looming prospect of a stadium ban for the chaos that marred the Euro 2020 final
Thousands of ticketless yobs stormed the stadium for the Euro 2020 final at Wembley
The prospect of Gareth Southgate’s side playing at an empty Wembley is a scenario the FA are desperate to avoid. Indeed, the English boss spoke openly about his concerns last month.
Sports post understands that the governing body of English football has asked UEFA for the opportunity to present their own solution to the shameful acts of violence at Wembley.
Police imposed unprecedented security measures for the European Championship final between England and Italy, but that was not enough to prevent thousands of ticketless fans from storming the ground.
The families of a number of England players were forced to escape from yobs infiltrating the stadium, while others fell victim to attempted ticket theft and faced hordes of people trying to enter.
Before kick-off, an estimated 250,000 fans lined the periphery of the stadium, with thousands of revelers participating in antisocial behavior including drug use and urinating in public.
The prospect of England playing at an empty Wembley is a scenario the FA want to avoid
Before the kick-off on July 11, an estimated 250,000 fans were on the periphery of the stadium
A stadium ban would apply to the next round of UEFA’s international matches, which are scheduled for June, the start of the Nations League.
The Hungarian Football Association recently received a three-match stadium ban from UEFA, one of which has been banned for two years, over incidents involving homophobic singing during the European Championship.
And while the allegations against the FA about public disturbances are not in line with discriminatory behaviour, UEFA is clearly taking the ugly episode seriously.