European football governing body UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against England over a laser that was shone at Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel during the deciding moment of their Euro semi-final.
- England beat Denmark 2-1 in their Euro semi-final, which went to extra time
- Harry Kane scored off the rebound when Kasper Schmeichel saved his penalty
- England fans’ booing of the Danish national anthem will also be investigated by UEFA
Television footage showed Schmeichel was targeted by a spectator using a green laser as England captain Harry Kane stepped up for a penalty in extra time to give the home side a 2-1 win during Wednesday’s match at Wembley.
The keeper saved Kane’s initial effort but could not stop the rebound, which sent Gareth Southgate’s side into Monday morning’s (AEST) final against Italy.
Schmeichel said the laser did not affect him during the penalty kick, but that he had noticed it earlier in the match and alerted the referee.
“I did not experience it on the penalty kick because it was behind me on my right side,” he said.
“But I experienced it in the second half. Told the referee. And he was out saying something to one of the other officials.”
UEFA said it was also investigating England over fans’ lighting of fireworks and disrupting the national anthem.
Fans booed when the Denmark anthem was played before kick-off.
Jeers were also heard when the German anthem was played at Wembley last week when England beat Joachim Loew’s side in the round of 16.
“The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body in due course,” UEFA said in a statement.
England are looking to win their first major trophy since the 1966 World Cup.