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UEFA opens investigation after chaotic scenes at Wembley stadium at Euro 2020 final

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UEFA says it is launching an investigation into events involving supporters inside and around Wembley Stadium during Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.

The footballing authority has also opened disciplinary proceedings against the FA over events during England’s match against Italy.

Charges against the FA include a supporter being on the pitch during the game, objects being thrown by fans, disturbance caused by supporters during the national anthem, throwing of objects and the lighting of fireworks.

Mounted police hold back the crowd after barrier is forced over
Image: Mounted police hold back the crowd after a barrier is forced over

The match was marred by disturbances outside Wembley, with some fans forcing their way into the stadium.

Individuals without tickets breached security at the stadium, and Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham has said a full review would take place into what had happened.

The official attendance was around 67,000 of the stadium’s 90,000 capacity, with many seats intended to be left empty to distance fans due to COVID protocols.

The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body in due course.

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A UEFA statement said: “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.”

The FA was fined €30,000 (£25,630) for crowd problems during England’s semi-final win, also at Wembley.

The chaotic scenes at Sunday’s final may harm England’s bid to host the World Cup in 2030.

The European Championship showpiece was England’s first major men’s tournament final in 55 years.

Italy won the match on penalties after a 1-1 draw.