The FA will fight stadium ban expected after fan chaos at Euro 2020 final at Wembley… with UEFA considering punishment which would see England play behind closed doors

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  • Pro-chaos suffered a defeat at the hands of Italy in England’s penalty shoot-out on 11 July
  • Thousands of unticketed youth stormed the stadium for the Euro 2020 final
  • UEFA has not ruled out a stadium ban for at least one match for England
  • The FA are desperate to avoid that scenario and offer their own mitigation

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The FA have requested a personal hearing as they battle the potential for a stadium ban for the chaos that took place in the Euro 2020 final.

UEFA is investigating a crowd problem that threatened to ruin one of the proudest days in English football history on 11 July and is considering a punishment that would see England play behind closed doors.

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European football’s governing body is known to have a dim view of embarrassing scenes and, privately, are not ruling out banning stadiums of at least one game.

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The FA have requested a personal hearing as they battle the potential for a stadium ban to make up for the chaos in the Euro 2020 final

Thousands of unticked youth storm the stadium for the Euro 2020 final at Wembley

Thousands of unticked youth storm the stadium for the Euro 2020 final at Wembley

The prospect of Gareth Southgate playing at the vacant Wembley is a scenario the FA are desperate to avoid. In fact, the England boss spoke openly about his concerns last month.

sportsmail Understands that the governing body of English football has asked UEFA an opportunity to offer its own mitigation for the shameful acts of violence at Wembley.

Police put in place unprecedented security measures for the Euro final between England and Italy, but it was not enough to stop thousands of ticketless fans from flocking to the ground.

The families of many of the England players were forced to escape the yobs that stormed the stadium, while others were victims of an attempted ticket theft and were confronted by hordes of people trying to coerce entry.

An estimated 250,000 fans were in the confines of the stadium before kick-off, with thousands participating in fun-loving antisocial behavior – including drug abuse and urinating in public.

The prospect of England playing at an empty Wembley is a scenario the FA wants to avoid

The prospect of England playing at an empty Wembley is a scenario the FA wants to avoid

An estimated 250,000 fans were in the stadium's confines before the start on 11 July.

An estimated 250,000 fans were in the stadium’s confines before the start on 11 July.

Any stadium restrictions will apply to the next round of UEFA international fixtures, which is due in June – the start of the Nations League.

The Hungarian Football Association was recently handed a three-match stadium ban by UEFA – one of which has been suspended for two years – for incidents of homophobic chanting during Euros.

And while the allegations against the FA over crowd disturbances do not align with discriminatory behaviour, UEFA is clearly taking the ugly episode seriously.

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