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Euro Cup final: Harry Maguire's father hurt; UEFA investigate fan violence

The English Football Association has been separately charged with multiple offenses by fans before and during their team's loss to Italy in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.

Published: 14th July 2021 11:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th July 2021 11:13 AM   |  A+A-

England's defender Harry Maguire celebrates victory after the UEFA EURO 2020 quarter-final football match between Ukraine and England at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on July 3, 2021.

England's defender Harry Maguire (File Photo | AFP)

By PTI

LONDON: England defender Harry Maguire said his father had injured ribs and trouble breathing after being caught up in the surge when hundreds of fans without tickets broke through security barriers to get into Wembley Stadium in a bid to watch Sunday's European Championship final against Italy.

UEFA on Tuesday asked an investigator to study violence by England fans at the game.

The English Football Association has been separately charged with multiple offenses by fans before and during their team's loss to Italy in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.

Maguire told The Sun newspaper his father was "in the stampede" and had been scared but didn't seek medical treatment.

"I have seen a lot of videos and have spoken to dad and my family. It was my dad and agent who suffered the most," Maguire told the tabloid.

"He was struggling with his breathing afterwards because of his ribs, but he's not one to make a big fuss — he got on with it."

UEFA's charges against England's FA also relate to booing Italy's national anthem, a fan who stopped play by running on the pitch, throwing objects, and lighting fireworks.

While those offenses typically result in fines, more serious punishment such as full or partial stadium closures can follow the kind of violence seen on Sunday.

The official attendance was around 67,000 of the stadium's 90,000 capacity, with many seats intended to be left empty to distance fans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But there was extremely high demand for tickets for England's first major tournament final in 55 years.

Fans could be seen standing in the stadium bowl unable to access their seats before the game and stadium officials confirmed "a small group of people got into the stadium" without tickets.

UEFA gave no timetable for the disciplinary cases.

The FA was fined 30,000 euros (USD 35,000) for fan incidents after the team's semifinal at Wembley last week, including booing Denmark's anthem.



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