UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against English FA for fan chaos at Euro 2020 final

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Nyon, Switzerland: UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against the English Football Association on Tuesday over the behavior of some England fans at the European Championship final at Wembley Stadium.

Fans without tickets forced their way into the stadium and there were ugly scenes in the stands during the 11 July game, which Italy won 3-2 on penalties.

"Following an investigation conducted by a UEFA ethics and disciplinary inspector into the events involving supporters which occurred inside and around the stadium during the UEFA Euro 2020 final match between the national teams of Italy and England played on 11 July at Wembley Stadium, London, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the English Football Association for a potential violation of Article 16(2)(h) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations for a lack of order or discipline by its supporters," UEFA said.

European football's governing body added that more information "will be made available in due course."

Fans without tickets broke through security barriers and turnstiles to get in to see England's first major tournament final in 55 years. England defender Harry Maguire said last month that his father sustained rib injuries during "a stampede" of fans.

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 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FA itself had described the scenes as " disgraceful " and earlier commissioned an independent review.

"We are determined to fully understand what happened outside and then inside Wembley Stadium at the UEFA Euro 2020 final on Sunday 11 July," the FA said last month.

The FA had vowed to work with law enforcement "to identify those responsible and hold them to account."

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