Geisterspiel für England: Tumulte beim EM-Finale mit Folgen

Die UEFA hat die Vorkommnisse rund um das EM-Finale in Wembley aufgearbeitet – und Gastgeber England mit einer Strafe belegt.

Unter ihnen sorgten welche für Tumulte rund um das EM-Finale: Die englischen Fans.

Unter ihnen sorgten welche für Tumulte rund um das EM-Finale: Die englischen Fans.

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Nach einer von einem Ethik- und Disziplinarinspektor der UEFA durchgeführten Untersuchung und dem anschließenden Disziplinarverfahren gegen den englischen Fußballverband wurde der Vize-Europameister am Montag wegen der Turbulenzen während des EM-Endspiels am 11. Juli mit einer Strafe belegt.

Diese sieht vor, dass die nächsten zwei Spiele der Engländer in UEFA-Wettbewerben als Geisterspiele ausgetragen werden – das zweite davon allerdings auf Bewährung. Betroffen ist also aller Voraussicht nach das erste Nations-League-Heimspiel 2022. Zudem wurde der englische Verband zu einer Strafe in Höhe von 100.000 Euro verdonnert.

Auch Nationalhymnen gestört

Als Grund für die Strafe gab die UEFA “mangelnde Ordnung und Disziplin innerhalb sowie rund ums Stadion” an. Dazu zähle auch das Eindringen in den Stadion-Innenraum, das Werfen von Gegenständen sowie die Störungen während der Nationalhymnen.

Beim Finale zwischen England und Italien hatten Fans ohne Tickets versucht, sich Zugang zum Inneren der Arena zu verschaffen. Die FA nannte die Szenen “komplett inakzeptabel” und “peinlich”. Ähnliche Versuche gab es laut Metropolitan Police bei der Fanzone am Trafalgar Square.

Bierhoff sucht DFB-Gegner: England-Revanche im März?

Im März stehen für die deutsche Nationalmannschaft zwei Testspiele auf dem Programm. Kommt es dabei zum Wiedersehen mit England?

Wiedersehen 2022? John Stones und Timo Werner im EM-Achtelfinale zwischen England und Deutschland.

Wiedersehen 2022? John Stones und Timo Werner im EM-Achtelfinale zwischen England und Deutschland.

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Weil die deutsche Nationalelf in der WM-Qualifikation bereits als Gruppensieger feststeht und sich für das Winter-Turnier 2022 in Katar qualifiziert hat, hat sie Ende März 2022 pflichtspielfrei.

Während zwölf andere Nationen dann in den Play-offs um ihre letzte Chance auf ein WM-Ticket kämpfen, wird die DFB-Auswahl in diesem Zeitraum zwei Testspiele bestreiten. Doch gegen wen?

“Wir planen ein Heim- und ein Auswärtsspiel gegen Gegner unterschiedlicher Kategorie”, hatte Oliver Bierhoff, DFB-Direktor Nationalmannschaften und Akademie, vergangene Woche im kicker-Interview verraten. “Denkbar ist ein Heimspiel gegen eine nichteuropäische Mannschaft, damit schon ein bisschen WM-Feeling aufkommen kann.”

England kann sich im November für die WM qualifizieren

Für das Auswärtsspiel ist offenbar England als Gegner im Gespräch. “The Athletic” berichtet am Montag von entsprechenden Gesprächen zwischen FA und DFB. Die Three Lions können sich bei den Qualifikationsspielen im November endgültig für die WM qualifizieren und würden im März dann ebenfalls Testspiele bestreiten.

Das bislang letzte Aufeinandertreffen zwischen beiden Nationen war das diesjährige EM-Achtelfinale in Wembley, das England auf dem Weg ins Finale durch Tore von Raheem Sterling und Harry Kane mit 2:0 gewann. Es war das letzte DFB-Länderspiel in der Ära Joachim Löw.

England fans face Wembley stadium ban after crowd trouble at Euro 2020 final

UEFA are expected to order that England play at least one game behind closed doors at their disciplinary panel meets on Monday to investigate crowd trouble at the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.

Ticketless England fans clashes with police and stewards as they forced their way into the stadium ahead of England´s first final appearance since 1966, against Italy in July.

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UEFA’s disciplinary panel will scrutinise the behaviour of England fans that day and the security operation in place at Wembley, while the FA faces an additional four charges relating to the disturbance of national anthems by fans, pitch invasions, throwing objects and the use of fireworks.

Under UEFA rules the FA is responsible for the behaviour of England fans, and England´s governing football body have requested a personal hearing with the panel over video conference with a decision expected on Monday evening or Tuesday.

Capacity for the match had been reduced from 90,000 to 60,000 due to coronavirus restrictions, and with 30,000 spare seats in the ground many ticketless fans and those with tickets too began to cause trouble even five hours before kick-off.

Fans show their support as they make their way down Olympic Way during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021 in London, England.

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Fans reported seeing fans urinating and taking drugs in the densely populated residential area, while ticket-checking cordons had been breached in the hours ahead of kick-off, with fans outnumbering stewards and police.

Many fans with tickets entered the stadium to find their seats had been taken by those who had entered the ground illegally.

19 police officers were injured during the operation, with 49 arrests made.

The scenes at Wembley in July have thrown into doubt England´s ability to host the 2030 World Cup, for which it is considering a joint bid with the home nations and Ireland. Wembley would host the final.

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FIFA will analyse the match report between England and Hungary at Wembley before deciding on the appropriate action after several away fans were arrested on Tuesday night.

England’s 1-1 draw with Hungary was marred by the travelling support’s clashes with police, which came after one fan was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence following comments made towards a steward.

The Metropolitan Police said another two spectators were arrested on suspicion of affray and assault on an emergency worker inside the stadium, while further arrests followed outside the stadium – one for affray, one for drunk and disorderly behaviour, and one on suspicion of voyeurism.

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The English FA will conduct its own investigation and also reported the incident to FIFA, with football’s world governing body confirming it will look at the match report, as well as that of the Albania-Poland game which was temporarily suspended after bottles were aimed at the visiting players celebrating what proved to be the winner in Tirana.

“FIFA is currently analysing reports of last night’s FIFA World Cup qualifier matches in order to determine the most appropriate action,” a FIFA statement read.

Bottles were thrown after Poland scored what proved to be the winning goal in Albania

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“FIFA strongly condemns the incidents at England v. Hungary and Albania v. Poland and would like to state that its position remains firm and resolute in rejecting any form of violence as well as any form of discrimination or abuse.

“FIFA has a very clear zero-tolerance stance against such abhorrent behaviour in football.”

ITV’s footage at Wembley showed Hungarian supporters throwing punches at police, who retreated down the stairwell.

Hungary fans also jeered England players for taking the knee, with a banner opposing the gesture also visible in the away section.

The incident comes after Hungary were handed a two-game home stadium ban, with one of those matches suspended, after supporters racially abused Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham in the reverse fixture last month.

Hungary were also fined £158,000, having already been ordered to play their next three UEFA matches – one suspended – behind closed doors following discriminatory behaviour at Euro 2020.

When asked about Tuesday’s clashes, Hungary boss Marco Rossi said: “Just like I said before, I don’t want to comment on this situation.

“This is not my task and everything that I do say can be interpreted in a different way, so I prefer to make no comment.”

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Gareth Southgate admits his second-half substitutes did not have the desired effect after the England manager was criticised for taking Jack Grealish off in the 1-1 draw with Hungary.

England moved a step closer to automatically qualifying for next year’s World Cup, but were held to a draw at Wembley on Tuesday night when John Stones cancelled out Roland Sallai’s penalty.

Starting with a 4-3-3 and both Mason Mount and Phil Foden ahead of Declan Rice in midfield, Southgate opted to switch the system after the break, but after bringing Grealish off for Bukayo Saka and replacing Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling for Tammy Abraham and Jordan Henderson, England were unable to find a late winner.

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The decision to haul off Grealish in the 62nd minute in particular surprised supporters and pundits alike, with Gary Lineker calling the Manchester City forward “comfortably the best player on the pitch” and Ian Wright adding on ITV: “Jack Grealish, disappointing to see him go off because he was the one player who did have the spark.”

Explaining his decisions, Southgate said: “We wanted to try to get a spark. We’d struggled to create many clear chances and hoped freshness at that stage may have been able to produce that.

“We changed the system because we were a little open in counter-attacks and we had to solidify from that to start with. We hadn’t been opening them up with 4-3-3, and so with two 10s and wing-backs we wanted to try to pose them a different problem. But we didn’t create any more chances than we had been.”

Phil Foden of England during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between England and Hungary

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England controlled possession against Hungary, who scored with their only shot on target, and Southgate said he will have to think about the balance of the team after the experiment did not quite come off.

He added: “It was a disappointing performance. Full credit to Hungary, I thought they caused us a tactical problem. We weren’t fluid and I didn’t think we played at the level we needed to play.

“It’s difficult to pinpoint. We’ll go away and think of the balance of the team a little bit, but individually, we can do better as well and we made lots of simple mistakes with the ball.

“I think we have to accept that we dipped below our usual levels. That was a surprise, but it was a night where individually and collectively, we didn’t hit the heights we have been… We didn’t quite do enough to win the game.

“We didn’t create as much as we would have hoped, but we have to give Hungary credit to that. We lost a little bit of positional discipline at times so there’s a lot for us to reflect on and work on.”

England host Albania then travel to San Marino next month, knowing four points will be enough to finish top of Group I and reach Qatar.

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With the clock ticking and the Three Lions needing a goal, Gareth Southgate withdrew Kane. The England boss, it appears, felt he could not rely on his, well, usually reliable marksman to make the breakthrough.

His travails this season were brought up in a post-match interview. Kane, though, insists he is in good shape.

“I’m in a good place. Obviously I know there’s been a lot of talk about me,” began Kane.

He then went on to outline – defiantly or perhaps desperately – the fact that he has scored goals this season. Nine of them.

At the end of the day I’ve still got nine goals this season and I’m working as hard as I can for the team.

Sounds impressive enough nine goals. However, a little scrutiny of the calibre of opposition does Kane no favours. For Spurs he has scored three against NŠ Mura, two against Paços de Ferreira – in the group stage of the Europa Conference League and in qualifying for UEFA’s tertiary competition respectively – and one against Wolves in the League Cup. Zip in the Premier League, by the way. For England he has scored one each against Hungary, Poland and Andorra. Exalted these teams are not.

He continued again defiantly or perhaps desperately:

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He would, in the fairest analysis of his situation, add:

“[The] performances for club and country maybe just haven’t been there the last few weeks but as I said there is no need to panic. I’m confident in myself.”

He is struggling. And the above quotes are hardly a surgical self-analysis of where things have gone wrong. His struggles at domestic level have now clearly infiltrated his international form too. Something needs to change. However, if Kane’s career has been marked by one characteristic, it is remarkable resilience. Empirical evidence would suggest he will emerge from this slump.

Denmark qualify for World Cup with perfect record

Denmark’s record in qualifying for the World Cup reads:

Played 8
Won 8
Goals scored 27
Goals conceded 0 (!)
Points 24
Their latest win – a 1-0 success against Austria – saw them become the third team, after Qatar and Germany, to qualify for the World Cup. They top a Group F that also contains Scotland, Israel, Austria, Faroe Islands and Moldova. It is hardly a group of death but that is some record.

However, to have emerged from the trauma of seeing Christian Eriksen collapse on the pitch during their first Euro 2020 group game against Finland to reach the semi-final of that competition and then qualify for the World Cup with a perfect record is remarkable.

Kasper Hjulmand has constructed a side built around attacking verve – see Mikkel Damsgaard and Andreas Skov Olsen – that is underpinned by defensive solidity – see Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen and Kasper Schmeichel. Put simply, Denmark are a very good team.

Here is what captain and Ballon d’Or nominee Simon Kjaer said after the win:

“We built up a crew and a mentality that is incredibly healthy and we have been eager to improve all the time,” he told Kanal 5 after the match.

We share the best with each other and adding that to the quality we have, we can go a long way. We have come a long way already but we have only become hungrier.

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If a World Cup is going to be plonked in the middle of the calendar then governing bodies should probably commit to it fully. The situation is far from ideal for a litany of reasons, but players and coaches should at least be afforded the requisite preparation time for a tournament that currently comes around once every four years.

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With the clock ticking and the Three Lions needing a goal, Gareth Southgate withdrew Kane. The England boss, it appears, felt he could not rely on his, well, usually reliable marksman to make the breakthrough.

His travails this season were brought up in a post-match interview. Kane, though, insists he is in good shape.

“I’m in a good place. Obviously I know there’s been a lot of talk about me,” began Kane.

He then went on to outline – defiantly or perhaps desperately – the fact that he has scored goals this season. Nine of them.

At the end of the day I’ve still got nine goals this season and I’m working as hard as I can for the team.

Sounds impressive enough nine goals. However, a little scrutiny of the calibre of opposition does Kane no favours. For Spurs he has scored three against NŠ Mura, two against Paços de Ferreira – in the group stage of the Europa Conference League and in qualifying for UEFA’s tertiary competition respectively – and one against Wolves in the League Cup. Zip in the Premier League, by the way. For England he has scored one each against Hungary, Poland and Andorra. Exalted these teams are not.

He continued again defiantly or perhaps desperately:

When the chances come, I’m confident I’ll put them away. At the end of the day, I’m my own biggest critic. I put the most pressure on myself to deliver and perform and play well. Obviously, [there has been] a lot of noise about me but every time I step on the field I give 110%.

He would, in the fairest analysis of his situation, add:

“[The] performances for club and country maybe just haven’t been there the last few weeks but as I said there is no need to panic. I’m confident in myself.”

He is struggling. And the above quotes are hardly a surgical self-analysis of where things have gone wrong. His struggles at domestic level have now clearly infiltrated his international form too. Something needs to change. However, if Kane’s career has been marked by one characteristic, it is remarkable resilience. Empirical evidence would suggest he will emerge from this slump.

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Denmark’s record in qualifying for the World Cup reads:

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Won 8
Goals scored 27
Goals conceded 0 (!)
Points 24
Their latest win – a 1-0 success against Austria – saw them become the third team, after Qatar and Germany, to qualify for the World Cup. They top a Group F that also contains Scotland, Israel, Austria, Faroe Islands and Moldova. It is hardly a group of death but that is some record.

However, to have emerged from the trauma of seeing Christian Eriksen collapse on the pitch during their first Euro 2020 group game against Finland to reach the semi-final of that competition and then qualify for the World Cup with a perfect record is remarkable.

Kasper Hjulmand has constructed a side built around attacking verve – see Mikkel Damsgaard and Andreas Skov Olsen – that is underpinned by defensive solidity – see Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen and Kasper Schmeichel. Put simply, Denmark are a very good team.

Here is what captain and Ballon d’Or nominee Simon Kjaer said after the win:

“We built up a crew and a mentality that is incredibly healthy and we have been eager to improve all the time,” he told Kanal 5 after the match.

We share the best with each other and adding that to the quality we have, we can go a long way. We have come a long way already but we have only become hungrier.

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The World Cup in Qatar is problematic for a number of reasons.

The impacts it has had on the European calendar is at the lower end of said problematic reasons.

However, if a World Cup is going to sit slap bang in the middle of the European season, though, it may as well be done right. And releasing European players ONE WEEK before the start of the tournament is not right.

A document seen by L’Équipe that was sent out to its member associations by UEFA stated that players would only be available from November 14. The tournament runs from November 21 to December 18. Thus, there will potentially be domestic fixtures the weekend before the start of the World Cup.

If a World Cup is going to be plonked in the middle of the calendar then governing bodies should probably commit to it fully. The situation is far from ideal for a litany of reasons, but players and coaches should at least be afforded the requisite preparation time for a tournament that currently comes around once every four years.

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Spain U21s produced this all-pitch masterclass in their 3-0 success against Northern Ireland on Tuesday night.

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Gruppe I: Vorkommnisse in England und Albanien

Am Rande der Dienstagspiele in der WM-Qualifikationsgruppe I gab es sowohl in England als auch in Albanien unschöne Szenen zu betrachten. Die Partie in Tirana musste sogar unterbrochen werden.

Kein schöner Anblick: Auseinandersetzungen zwischen der Polizei und ungarischen Fans in Wembley (li.) - Sich schützende polnische Spieler in Tirana.

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Lange Zeit verlief die Partie zwischen Albanien und Polen (1:0) am Dienstagabend ohne Zwischenfälle. Zu unschönen Szenen kam es aber im Anschluss an den Führungstreffer der Polen durch Karol Swiderski in der 77. Minute: Aus dem albanischen Fanblock wurden die jubelnden Gästespieler von einigen Zuschauern mit Gegenständen beworfen. Einige polnische Spieler sollen unter anderem von Flaschen und Feuerzeugen getroffen worden sein.

Der französische Schiedsrichter Clement Turpin unterbrach daraufhin die Partie, beide Mannschaften sowie Offizielle gingen in die Katakomben. Erst nach über 20 Minuten Pause erschienen die Teams wieder, Turpin setzte die Begegnung daraufhin fort. In der restlichen Spielzeit kam es weder auf dem Platz noch auf den Rängen zu weiteren Vorkommnissen.

Ungarische Fans und britische Polizei geraten aneinander

Beim 1:1 zwischen England und Ungarn sorgten – wieder einmal – einzelne ungarische Anhänger für Ärger. Bereits vor Anpfiff wurden die englischen Spieler beim Kniefall lautstark ausgebuht, zudem wurde aus Protest ein Banner präsentiert. Kurz nach Spielbeginn sollen laut einem Bericht der BBC dann Beamte der britischen Polizei den ungarischen Fanblock betreten haben, um nach einem rassistischen Vorfall einen Zuschauer zu verhaften. Dabei sei es dann zu Zusammenstößen gekommen, die Sicherheitskräfte mussten von ihren Schlagstöcken Gebrauch machen, um der Situation Herr zu werden.

Bereits im Hinspiel im September in Budapest waren englische Spieler rassistisch beleidigt worden, zudem wurden auch Gegenstände auf das Spielfeld geworfen.

Hässliche Vorkommnisse bei England-Ungarn und Albanien-Polen

Am Rande der Dienstagspiele in der WM-Qualifikationsgruppe I kam es sowohl in England als auch in Albanien zu unschönen Szenen. Die Partie in Tirana musste sogar unterbrochen werden.

Kein schöner Anblick: Auseinandersetzungen zwischen der Polizei und ungarischen Fans in Wembley (li.) - Sich schützende polnische Spieler in Tirana.

Kein schöner Anblick: Auseinandersetzungen zwischen der Polizei und ungarischen Fans in Wembley (li.) – Sich schützende polnische Spieler in Tirana.

Lange Zeit verlief die Partie zwischen Albanien und Polen (1:0) am Dienstagabend ohne Zwischenfälle. Zu unschönen Szenen kam es aber im Anschluss an den Führungstreffer der Polen durch Karol Swiderski in der 77. Minute: Aus dem albanischen Fanblock wurden die jubelnden Gästespieler von einigen Zuschauern mit Gegenständen beworfen. Einige polnische Spieler sollen unter anderem von Flaschen und Feuerzeugen getroffen worden sein.

Der französische Schiedsrichter Clement Turpin unterbrach daraufhin die Partie, beide Mannschaften sowie Offizielle gingen in die Katakomben. Erst nach über 20 Minuten Pause erschienen die Teams wieder, Turpin setzte die Begegnung daraufhin fort. In der restlichen Spielzeit kam es weder auf dem Platz noch auf den Rängen zu weiteren Vorkommnissen.

Ungarische Fans und britische Polizei geraten aneinander

Beim 1:1 zwischen England und Ungarn sorgten – wieder einmal – einzelne ungarische Anhänger für Ärger. Bereits vor Anpfiff wurden die englischen Spieler beim Kniefall lautstark ausgebuht, zudem wurde aus Protest ein Banner präsentiert. Kurz nach Spielbeginn sollen laut einem Bericht der BBC dann Beamte der britischen Polizei den ungarischen Fanblock betreten haben, um nach einem rassistischen Vorfall einen Zuschauer zu verhaften. Dabei sei es dann zu Zusammenstößen gekommen, die Sicherheitskräfte mussten von ihren Schlagstöcken Gebrauch machen, um der Situation Herr zu werden.

Bereits im Hinspiel im September in Budapest waren englische Spieler rassistisch beleidigt worden, zudem wurden auch Gegenstände auf das Spielfeld geworfen.

Hungary fans clash with police inside Wembley during England match

There were clashes between police and Hungary fans at the World Cup qualifier inside Wembley Stadium.

There was an increased police presence in and around Wembley following the fan trouble that marred the Euro 2020 final between Italy and England in July, but trouble flared inside 10 minutes at Wembley

Away fans were seen clashing with first stewards and then police. Reports suggested that police were using their batons in an attempt to force fans back into their allotted area within the stadium before appearing to retreat to the concourse moments later.

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Police would confirm that trouble flared after they had tried to arrest a fan for a racially aggravated public order offence.

“Shortly after the start of tonight’s match at Wembley, officers entered the stand to arrest a spectator for a racially aggravated public order offence following comments made towards a steward,” said the Metropolitan Police in a statement.

“As the officers made the arrest, minor disorder broke out involving other spectators. Order was quickly restored and there have been no further incidents at this stage.”

The incident dominated the first 10 minutes of the match, and the FA said it had opened an investigation.

“We are aware of an incident in the away section during tonight’s Fifa 2022 World Cup Qualifier at Wembley Stadium. We will be investigating and will report the incident to FIFA.”

The incident follows Hungary being ordered to play two games behind closed doors by FIFA after England players suffered racist abuse in the reverse game.

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