19 Oct 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

UEFA have ordered England to play their next match behind closed doors following the crowd disorder before, during and after the Euro 2020 defeat to Italy.

UEFA also fined the FA €100,000 and imposed a ban for second game, which is suspended for two years.

There were serious disturbances outside Wembley where several ticketless fans forced entry into the stadium and there were multiple clashes with police officers.

European’s football governing body released a statement condemning the scenes and punished the FA for the “lack of order and discipline inside and around the stadium, for the invasion of the field of play, for throwing of objects and for the disturbances during the national anthem”.

The FA said: "Although we are disappointed with the verdict, we acknowledge the outcome. 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."

The sanction only applies to UEFA competition which means that fans will be allowed to attend England’s FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Albania at Wembley on 12th November 2021. However, fans will be prohibited from attending England’s first 2022-23 UEFA Nations League game at Wembley.