In Wednesday's Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark, the Three Lions prevailed after extra time, but their winning goal at Wembley was marred by controversy.
Of course, the penalty in and of itself is contrversial but just before the penalty was taken by Harry Kane, laser pointers could be seen being directed at Kasper Schmeichel's eyes. He did still managed to save the initial shot, however, one wonders how it may have affected him spilling the ball for Kane to score from the rebound.
Absolutely shocking that this was allowed to happen! Someone used a laser pen on Kasper Schmeichel!!! pic.twitter.com/73goP3J00a— Swansea Beat ⚽️ (@swanseabeat) July 7, 2021
UEFA moved quickly, initiating disciplinary proceedings against England just hours after the game. Not only was the country charged in connection with the laser pointer incident, but sanctions were also imposed in connection with the lighting of fireworks by England fans, as well as disturbances during the Danish national anthem.
There is no way around it. This is a terrible look for England on one of the most important sporting occasions in the country's history.
Unfortunately, it has now been revealed that Schmeichel was targeted with the laser during normal time as well as just prior to Kane's penalty.
"I did not experience it on the penalty kick because it was behind me on my right side," said Schmeichel. "But I did experience it in the second half".
The Leicester player went on to say that he had even brought the matter to the attention of the referee.
"I told the referee. And he went to say something to one of the other officials."
Despite Schmeichel's reporting of the problem, little could be done on the night of the incident. Having said that, his testimony is likely to have played a role in the speed with which England was charged with the crime.