Gareth Southgate fears England could face a stadium ban after disgraceful scenes ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy as fans burst into Wembley without tickets – as UEFA concludes investigation
- England could get a stadium ban from UEFA, Gareth Southgate fears
- He thinks organizing could get tough after fans stormed into the Euro 2020 final
- The team could be booed by Hungary fans when they kneel on Thursday
- But Southgate says England need to ‘get our own house in order’ first
Gareth Southgate fears England will be slapped with a stadium ban for the shameful scenes that marred the Euro 2020 final.
The Three Lions, who face Hungary in a World Cup qualifier tonight in Budapest, suffered a heartbreak at Wembley against Italy in July, losing a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw.
The clash was overshadowed by the shocking behavior of thousands of unticketed supporters who attempted to break into the stadium, causing chaos.
Gareth Southgate believes his England team could be forced to play in an empty stadium after ugly scenes with fans at the Euro 2020 final
Hordes of supporters tried to storm into Wembley to watch England in action against Italy
UEFA have investigated the embarrassing scenes and are expected to reveal England’s penalty soon – and it could include the drastic measure of them playing in an empty home stadium. England players will continue their stance against racism tonight in Budapest by bowing the knee before kick-off, which is expected to be booed by Hungary supporters.
Asked about the prospect of that, Southgate insisted that England must overcome its own problems before pointing the finger at others.
“It won’t be unique for them to be booed for taking a knee, because that happened in Middlesbrough (during the European Championship warm-ups),” said Southgate, who Thursday night’s Jack Grealish, a £100 million signing from Manchester City, said. could give an outing. .
The crowd’s behavior was condemned by football figures for overshadowing the spectacle
“We still don’t know what the outcome of the investigation into our final will be and we might get a stadium ban.
“We shouldn’t look elsewhere until our own house is in order.
“While we are always vigilant in preparing our team for whatever they encounter, I’ve always learned to be respectful when I’m a guest somewhere.
“We still have a long way to go before we start anticipating what might happen elsewhere in a match.”
England players set to kneel before their World Cup qualifier against Hungary
Hungarian fans are expected to boo the gesture but Southgate wants his side to ‘get our own house in order’ before looking at others
Hungarian midfielder Andras Schafer begged his team’s supporters, who have been punished for racism in the past, to behave. “Fans need to know that they are our greatest weapon and we want it to stay that way, so we ask them to avoid racist (incidents),” he said.
Thursday night’s World Cup qualifier will be England’s first game since the painful Euro 2020 final – and Southgate believes the only way his players can overcome disappointment is to triumph in Qatar next year.
“We should probably win a World Cup final because nothing else can really match the level of the game we were involved in,” said Southgate.
“Whatever we do in the next 18 months should lead us to a challenge in a World Cup.”