The Three Lions of England have been charged by European football’s governing body UEFA after Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was targeted with a laser pen before Harry Kane struck the penalty that sent his side to the EURO 2020 Finals.
England went into extra time after playing a 1-1 draw with Denmark in regulation time. The Danes took the lead for the first time courtesy of a sublime freekick that left Jordan Pickford flat-footed.
An own goal restored parity just before the break and neither side could find another goal in the second half. Raheem Sterling was fouled just before the end of the first-half extra time and Harry Kane stepped up to take the crucial shot.
The Leicester City goalkeeper initially saved Kane’s spot-kick, despite the green light on his face, but Kane tapped in the rebound to send England into Sunday’s final against Italy. The Danes had disputed the penalty call and felt even worse after the laser pointing.
UEFA also have opened proceedings against England, for the lighting of fireworks by their supporters and disturbances caused by fans during the Denmark national anthem.
In a statement, UEFA said: “Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA EURO 2020 semifinal match between England and Denmark (2-1), played on 7 July at Wembley Stadium, London.”
England are looking to win their first major trophy since the 1966 World Cup. They play Italy in the EURO 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday.