The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has ordered England to play its next two UEFA competition matches at Wembley Stadium behind closed doors, the second match which would suspended for a probationary period of two years.
This is following crowd trouble that happened at this summer’s Euro 2020 final match between England and Italy. UEFA also fined the English Football Association €100,000 for “the lack of order and discipline inside and around the stadium.”
In a statement on today, the English Football Association said it had accepted UEFA’s verdict, adding that such scenes “can never be repeated.”
“We condemn the terrible behavior 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,” read the statement.
“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 statement concluded.
The game was the first major international soccer final England had reached since 1966, unfortunately for them, Italy emerged victorious after a penalty shootout victory. The rancor started when a number of fans without tickets tried to force their way into the stadium and after England’s loss, Italian fans were attacked at the stadium.