England fined £25k for use of laser pointer, booing Denmark anthem

UEFA have fined England's Football Association 30,000 euros (£25,000) after a laser pointer was shone at Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel during what proved to be the deciding moment of their Euro 2020 semi-final, Europe's governing body said on Saturday. 

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 in Wednesday's match at Wembley. 

UEFA had opened disciplinary proceedings against England on Thursday. The FA were also charged following disturbance during the national anthems and for the setting off of fireworks. 

Fans booed when Denmark's national anthem was played before kickoff. 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. 

A statement from UEFA read: "The CEDB [Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body] has decided to fine the English Football Association €30,000 for the use of laser pointer, disturbances during the national anthems and setting of fireworks."

Boris Johnson's spokesman condemned the use of the laser by a supporter.

"UEFA are looking into that, that's a matter for them but it's not something we would want to see," Mr Johnson said.

He also urged fans not to boo during the opposition's anthem.

"We don't want fans to be booing teams. We want fans to be showing support and being respectful," he said.

England are looking to win their first major trophy since the 1966 World Cup and play Italy in the European Championship final at Wembley on Sunday.