Laser pointed at Denmark goalie before deciding Euro 2020 penalty kick

A fan shined a laser pointer in the face of Denmark goalie Kasper Schmeichel ahead of a penalty kick in the first period of extra-time in Wednesday’s Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark.

Kasper Schmeichel dives to make a save against Harry Kane.
Kasper Schmeichel dives to make a save against Harry Kane.
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The incident occurred in the 104th minute after England’s Raheem Sterling drew a crucial penalty inside the box. While England’s Harry Kane prepared to take the kick, cameras showed a green light dotting the right side of Schmeichel’s face.

In spite of the apparent distraction, Schmeichel managed to save the initial kick with a lunging save. Yet Kane knocked home the rebound, notching the eventual game-winning goal and propelling England into Sunday’s final against Italy.

England have been charged by UEFA for the incident. England also faces two additional charges — one for the lighting of fireworks by English supporters and the other for disturbances caused by fans during Denmark’s national anthem.

In a statement, UEFA said that “the case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body in due course.”

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