UEFA to carry out investigation into actions of England football fans against Sweden



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor



A large section of the stands containing England supporters tried to gain access to the pitch at full-time in the Ukranian capital


The behaviour of several England fans is being investigated by UEFA following the team's victory over Sweden at Euro 2012.

According to a statement on the UEFA website, it is believed that the governing body have begun disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association after supporters of the Three Lions attempted to invade the pitch at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev following their 3-2 win over Erik Hamren's Sweden, who were knocked out of the tournament, thanks to a stirring comeback in the second half with goals from Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck. Stewards and police had to force them back fortunately nobody was injured in the incident.

The matter is set to be discussed in full by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary body, who have already had to deal with several issues raised in Poland & Ukraine, on Wednesday (20th June).

The governing body have dealt with a number of problems since the tournament kicked off on 8th June instigating punishments for the teams taking part largely given for the conduct of their fans. The Football Union of Russia received a suspended six-point deduction, which will come into play at the start of qualification for UEFA Euro 2016, after supporters set off fireworks and displayed illicit banners during the Group A clash with the Czech Republic on the opening day of the tournament. Their fans were also chanting racist remarks towards Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie before behaving violently outside the National Stadium in Warsaw before their derby clash with rivals Poland last week with several fans arrested.

The Croatian Football Federation were fined around £20,000 in British currency following flares being lit during their Group C match against the Republic of Ireland in Poznan while they are now investigating claims that a banana was thrown onto the pitch against Italy while racist chanting occurred during the game.

Further fines have been imposed on the German Football Association and Portuguese Football Federation after their supporters were found to have thrown paper missiles onto the pitch during their Group B meeting in Lviv on 9th June.


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