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England banned from playing at Wembley due to Euro 2020 final chaos

England banned from playing at Wembley due to Euro 2020 final chaos

England will play their next two home games in UEFA competition without supporters present after disturbances during their Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley in July, according to the soccer world's governing body.

The ban on fans attending the second game has been suspended for a probationary period of two years, while the English FA has received 108,037 euro ($116,000) in fines, according to UEFA.

The July 11 final, which was won by Italy in a penalty shootout, was marred by clashes between supporters and officials in and around Wembley, with ticketless fans breaking security barriers.

The FA has ordered an independent investigation into the disturbances.

"Although we are disappointed by the outcome, we welcome the decision of the UEFA," the FA stated.

"We condemn the depravity of the individuals who caused a series of squalid incidents in and around Wembley Stadium during the Euro 2020 final, and we regret that some of them were able to enter the stadium."

UEFA opened a disciplinary investigation two days after the final, and the FA was charged with invasion of the stadium by fans, throwing objects, disturbance caused during the national anthem, fireworks and lighting of fireworks.

UEFA's disciplinary panel imposed the fine and two-match ban on supporters "for the lack of order and discipline inside and around the stadium, for the invasion of the field of play, the throwing of objects, and for disturbances during the national anthems," according to Uniunea.

After a laser pointer was fired at Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel during England's semi-final victory, also at Wembley, the FA was fined 30,000 euros ($34,734) earlier in the tournament for crowd problems.

During the final, British police made several arrests and said 19 officers were hurt, according to the BBC.

39 of the 90 soccer-related arrests made at Euro 2020 were made during the Italy match, according to Home Office figures. read more

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