England have been told they will have to play their next home UEFA competition match behind closed doors as punishment for the disorder surrounding the Euro 2020 final.

The final between England and Italy at Wembley last summer was marred by chaotic and ugly scenes before, during and after the game as fans forced their way through security to gain access to the national stadium.

In addition to the one-match ban on supporters, a further one-game ban is suspended for a period of two years, UEFA said.

England’s next UEFA competition match will be in the Nations League next June.

The Football Association has also been fined 100,000 euro (around £84,500).

UEFA issue statement on punishment

A statement from UEFA read: “Following an investigation conducted by a UEFA ethics and disciplinary inspector regarding the incidents that occurred during the UEFA EURO 2020 final match between the national teams of Italy and England played on July 11, 2021 at Wembley Stadium, London, and the subsequent disciplinary proceedings opened against the English Football Association, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has today taken the following decision:

“To order the English Football Association to play its next two (2) UEFA competition matches as host association behind closed doors, the second of which is suspended for a probationary period of two (2) years from the date of the present decision, for the lack of order and discipline inside and around the stadium.

“To fine the English Football Association €100,000 for the lack of order and discipline inside and around the stadium, for the invasion of the field of play, for throwing of objects and for the disturbances during the national anthems.”

FA respond to UEFA punishment

A spokesperson for the FA said: “Although we are disappointed with the verdict, we acknowledge the outcome of this UEFA decision.

“We condemn the terrible behaviour of the individuals who caused the disgraceful scenes in and around Wembley Stadium at the EURO 2020 final, and we deeply regret that some of them were able to enter the stadium.

“We are determined that this can never be repeated, so we have commissioned an independent review, led by Baroness Casey, to report on the circumstances involved. We continue to work with the relevant authorities in support of their efforts to take action against those responsible and hold them to account.”

Fans react to punishment for Euro 2020 final

One fan on Twitter questioned what can be done after the ugly scenes last summer.

They said: “The noisy and violent minority ruining it for the well behaved majority. The England fans who don’t cause trouble - what is the best way to rid ourselves (from a stadium/local pub attendance viewpoint) of those who do?”

“Congratulations to our hooligan element,” said another.

A third added: “So, we fans who buy tickets are punished because of the behaviour of ticketless fans and bad organisation by the FA!”

One fan saw the funny side, joking: “We just watched 2 years of football behind closed doors, 1 game is nothing.”