The EM semifinals have consequences. UEFA is investigating some incidents. An incident with a laser pointer in particular causes a great stir. In addition, the Danish anthem is disrupted.
UEFA has initiated disciplinary proceedings against the English association FA over several incidents in the European Championship semifinal between England and Denmark (2-1 after extra time). On Thursday, the European Football Union announced that it was being determined because of the use of a laser pointer by spectators because of interference by fans. At the same time, the Danish national anthem was being played and because of the burning of fireworks.
The incident with the laser pointer, in particular, had previously caused a great stir. Before the penalty, which England’s Harry Kane converted to 2-1 in the margin, Denmark’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was disturbed. TV images show that a laser pointer was aimed at Schmeichel. Just before Kane shoots, a green light flashes over Schmeichel’s face and approaches his eyes.
British broadcaster ITV’s TV commentator Mark Pougatch referred to the incident after the game, which initially went unnoticed. “That is totally unacceptable and ridiculous,” scolded Pougatch, “whoever that was is an idiot.” At first, it was not known who had used the laser pointer. It was also unclear whether Schmeichel noticed anything of the attempted disturbance at all. The goalkeeper, who plays for Leicester City in the Premier League, parried Kane’s penalty but could not keep the margin.