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Gareth Southgate ‘respects’ decision to hand England one-match stadium ban

By November 4, 2021No Comments

Gareth Southgate is “totally respectful” of UEFA’s decision to hit England with a one-match stadium closure for the Euro 2020 final disorder at Wembley.

July’s clash between England and Italy was marred by chaotic and ugly scenes before, during and after the showpiece, with a number of ticketless supporters forcing their way in.

Last month it was announced that the Three Lions would have to play their next home UEFA competition match behind closed doors as punishment for the disorder in July.

A further one-game ban is suspended for a period of two years, while the Football Association has been fined 100,000 euros (around £84,500).

Speaking for the first time since UEFA meted out its punishment, England boss Southgate said: “I’m aware of lots of people who were at the game who have explained to me what was happening outside and inside.

“We understand the decision and we’re totally respectful of the decision.

“It’s for us, as a team, of course a blow that we have to play with no fans in the stadium for a game because that’s the advantage of being at home, that’s why home advantage is so important.

“But we’ve got to get on with that. That’s the decision that has been made and we’re totally respectful of it.”

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