England have been hit with a two-game stadium ban and a €100,000 ($116,000) fine by UEFA after crowd trouble marred July’s Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley.
The country’s first appearance in a major tournament final for 55 years was overshadowed by ugly scenes as thousands of fans stormed the barriers without tickets to gain access to the stadium.
UEFA’s Control Ethics and Disciplinary Body conducted an investigation which concluded on Monday — after FA representatives appeared via video link to argue their case — with a widely-anticipated heavy sanction, albeit with the second match suspended for two years.
A statement from the CEDB confirmed their intention to “order the English Football Association to play its next two (2) UEFA competition matches as host association behind closed doors, the second of which is suspended for a probationary period of two years from the date of the present decision, for the lack of order and discipline inside and around the stadium.”
The statement added: “A fine [for] the English Football Association [of] €100,000 for the lack of order and discipline inside and around the stadium, for the invasion of the field of play, for throwing of objects and for the disturbances during the national anthems.”
England’s play Albania at Wembley in November but that match falls under FIFA’s jurisdiction as a World Cup qualifier and so the fixture Gareth Southgate’s side will play without supporters is set to be an as yet undetermined UEFA Nations League group game next June — 11 months after the original incident.
England will find out which fixture will be played behind closed doors after the draw for the 2022-23 Nations League is made on Dec. 16.