UEFA make Jude Bellingham ban decision ahead of England vs Switzerland

Jude Bellingham celebrates scoring during the UEFA EURO 2024 round of 16 match between England and Slovakia.
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Jude Bellingham will be available for England's Euro 2024 match against Switzerland after being handed a suspended one-match ban by UEFA.

The midfielder was under investigation by the organisation after making a gesture following his dramatic equalising goal against Slovakia on Sunday evening. The overhead kick took the game into extra time with Harry Kane's goal booking the Three Lions a place in the quarter-final of the competition.

Following the game, Bellingham took to social media to explain his actions. He wrote on X (formerly Twitter): "An inside joke gesture towards some close friends who were at the game. Nothing but respect for how that Slovakia team played tonight."

UEFA has, however, now announced that Bellingham will be fined €30,000 and handed a one-match suspension for violating the basic rules of decent conduct. That ban is however suspended for one year, meaning that he will be available for Saturday evening's quarter-final against Switzerland.

In the decision, UEFA wrote that the CEDB (Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body) decided to "fine the English Football Association player Jude Bellingham €30,000 and to suspend him for a total of one UEFA competition match for which he would be otherwise eligible for violating the basic rules of decent conduct.

"Said suspension is not immediately enforced and is subject to a probationary period of one year, starting from the date of the present decision."

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The FA have also been fined €10,000 for crowd disturbances and €1,000 for the lighting of fireworks.