UEFA probe attempted England pitch invasion

UEFA has started disciplinary proceedings against the FA following an attempted pitch invasion by England fans at the Euro 2012 Group D match against Sweden.


"UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association of England (FA) for the inappropriate behaviour of their supporters - attempted invasion of the field of play - at the UEFA Euro 2012 Group D match against Sweden in Kiev on Friday," UEFA said in a statement.

The European football ruling body's Control and Disciplinary Body will deal with the case on Wednesday.

England beat Sweden 3-2 and need a point from their final group game against co-hosts Ukraine to reach the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that England will not be able to train at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk on Monday ahead of their final Group D fixture.

Although the pitch recovered sufficiently from a violent thunderstorm for France to complete their win over Ukraine on Friday, there has been some damage.

And UEFA have asked England not to hold a pre-match session on the pitch as scheduled. Instead, they will train at their HQ in Krakow before flying into Donetsk, where Roy Hodgson and skipper Steven Gerrard will conduct their normal press conference.

It is also anticipated the England players will embark on a walk-round of the stadium, even though it is only seven days previously that they played there.

France's game against Ukraine on Friday was held up for an hour after a massive thunderstorm. With water lying on the pitch, it was not anticipated that the game would restart.

However, with obvious scheduling and TV broadcast problems, UEFA opted to recommence the game, with France eventually emerging 2-0 winners.

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