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England received a stadium ban for one game after unrest at the Euro 2020 final

Police stand in front of English fans at Wembley Stadium during the Euro 2020 final

England have been ordered to play a game behind closed doors as a punishment for the riot at Wembley Stadium during the Euro 2020 final.

The Uefa also imposed a ban on a second game, which is banned for two years.

The football association was fined € 100,000 (£ 84,560) for “a lack of order and discipline in and around the stadium” for the game.

“Although we are dis -pointed with the verdict, we recognize the result of this Uefa decision,” said the FA.

The ban marks the first time the FA has received a penalty that resulted in England playing a home game behind closed doors.

Fans struggled with stewards and cops as they attempted to break into Wembley for the July 11 game, which England lost to Italy on penalties.

Hundreds of fans came to Wembley without tickets for the showpiece after the areas around the stadium were overcrowded hours before the evening kicked off.

Many sat in the area reserved for relatives of the players while the English defender Harry Maguire later said that his father Alan sustained two suspected broken ribs before the game.

Manchester United center-back Maguire said his father was caught up in the onslaught and “struggled to breathe” after being trampled.

Metropolitan Police said 51 arrests were made in connection with the final, including 26 at Wembley.

“We condemn the terrible behavior of the individuals who caused the shameful 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,” added the FA.

“We firmly believe that this can never h -pen again, so we commissioned an independent review, led by Baroness Casey, to report on the circumstances.

“We continue to work with the relevant authorities to support their efforts to take action against those responsible and hold them accountable.”

The suspension  -plies to England’s next home game in a Uefa competition that will be played in the Nations League next June.

Uefa said the fine related to “the lack of order and discipline inside and around the stadium, for entering the field, for throwing objects and for disrupting the national anthems” at the Euro 2020 final.

England fans whistled the Italian anthem before the game.

Kevin Miles, executive director of the Football Supporters’ Association, told   Radio 5 Live that he was “sick” about what he saw at the final.

“When we arrived at the stadium a few hours before kick-off, it was pretty chaotic outside,” he said.

“I think there was a failure early in the day, from the police off the premises to the security on the premises and then inside.

“We don’t have a bad track record at Wembley and in that sense it was an isolated incident, but it’s a blatant one. It’s not acceptable.”

In July, the FA was fined more than £ 25,000 for spectator problems before and during the semi-final win over Denmark, including Kasper Schmeichel with a laser in his eyes as he prepared for a Harry Kane penalty.

After Euro 2020, Hungary was ordered play their next three home games – with the interruption of the third game – behind closed doors after Uefa found its supporters guilty of discriminatory behavior during the tournament.

Hungary was also fined € 100,000, but their supporters were admitted to a World Cup qualifier against England in Bud -est on September 2nd as it came under the jurisdiction of Fifa.

After that game, the World Football Association asked the Hungarian Football Association to play two games behind closed doors – one of which was suspended for two years – and fined £ 158,400 for the racism experienced by English players.

Disorganized, shameful mess – analysis

Phil McNulty,   Sports chief football writer

The FA would never esc -e punishment for the disorganized, shameful mess at the Euro 2020 final at Wembley between England and Italy.

Wembley was crowded with thousands of fans hours before kick-off. As the kick-off  -proached it became clear that the situation outside the stadium was out of control and would become chaotic inside as well.

A personal reminder is that I was offered a large sum of money for my media accreditation, literally a few feet from the official entrance, when it would not have come nearly as close at a major tournament worthy of the name without ticket control and security control.

This was the slightest inconvenience compared to what thousands of others had suffered, but it was an indication that something had gone very wrong.

Alcohol-fueled fans stormed barriers and it was clear that control in the stadium had coll -sed, stewards were abused and fans without tickets even broke into the disabled areas to take seats. There was an atmosphere of threat and chaos.

On a memorable day when England played their first major men’s final in 55 years, any celebration vanished hours before kick-off and the experience was ruined for thousands of good fans who bought their tickets in good faith.

It was a terrible experience and it was inevitable that the FA would pay a price for it. This effectively equates to a game behind closed doors and a fine of 100,000 euros. The shame will be reflected in the sight of the huge stadium that was abandoned for this one game.

The FA has stated that it is dis -pointed with the outcome, but while insisting that everything is done to ensure there is no recurrence, many who endured this shocking Wembley day will feel the penalty is light could have been harder.

“One of the worst mistakes I can remember”

Football police expert Owen West, a former chief superintendent of the West Yorkshire Police, told   Sport that the day’s events were “hugely embarrassing”.

“This was one of the worst failures I can remember,” he said.

“Things like systematically breaking through turnstiles, things like running up people and two or more people being able to get through a space designed for one person.

“What we saw [among fans trying to get inside Wembley] was the exchange of real-time information on social media that pointed out where there were weaknesses, where there was a lack of police officers, where there was weak and inexperienced stewarding, where the gates were not particularly well protected.

“And the problem for the Wembley authorities and the Met Police was that this level of sophistication and organization was not achieved by those who were there to prevent it in the first place.”

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