UEFA Investigating England After Incidents vs. Schmeichel, Denmark in Euro Semifinal

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVJuly 8, 2021

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Kasper Schmeichel of Denmark confronts Assistant Referee, Hessel Steegstra as Match Referee, Danny Makkelie (not pictured) awards England a penalty during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Semi-final match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against the England national team for three incidents during Wednesday's Euro 2020 semifinal against Denmark at Wembley Stadium in London.

ITV Sport reported Thursday the Three Lions could face punishment after fans booed the Denmark national anthem, used fireworks inside the stadium and shined a laser pointer toward Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel as he prepared to defend a Harry Kane penalty kick in extra time.

Schmeichel stopped the penalty from Kane, but the longtime Tottenham Hotspur star scored on the rebound to give England a 2-1 lead it wouldn't relinquish. It advances to face Italy in Sunday's final, which also takes place at Wembley.

Mikkel Damsgaard had opened the scoring for Denmark in the 30th minute, but a Simon Kjaer own goal nine minutes later tied the match for the Three Lions.

UEFA didn't provide a timetable for its investigation into the incidents involving English supporters.

"The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body [CEDB] in due course," the governing body said in a statement.

England are unbeaten in the tournament. It posted two wins and a draw during the group stage and has scored victories over Germany, Ukraine and Denmark during the knockout stages.

The Three Lions are seeking their first major tournament title since the 1966 FIFA World Cup.

Meanwhile, Italy won all three of its group fixtures but has been pushed to the brink throughout the knockout rounds. The Azzurri beat Austria in extra time during the round of 16, earned a one-goal win over Belgium in the quarterfinals and survived a penalty shootout against Spain in the semifinals.

It sets the stage for what should be a closely contested final Sunday at Wembley.