A police investigation might be launched into a supporter who shone a laser pen in Kasper Schmeichel’s face before Harry Kane’s penalty if football authority UEFA finds evidence of a criminal act.
The European sports group is reviewing the situation and will contact the Danish goalkeeper for his thoughts on what happened. England was charged with three disciplinary charges over the incident.
The Metropolitan Police, whose force area includes Wembley Stadium, may yet initiate a criminal investigation, according to MailOnline.
The only institution now investigating the situation is UEFA, but if they uncover any evidence of a crime, they will notify police.
The evidence will then be evaluated, and the police will decide whether or not to launch their own investigation.
Security at the stadium is reportedly reviewing CCTV footage in an attempt to identify the perpetrator.
A Met spokesman told MailOnline: “At the moment it’s being dealt with by UEFA rather than the police.
“It may be that if they deem it a criminal offence they would let us know and we would look at it, if appropriate.”
UEFA are also investigating Three Lions supporters booing during Denmark’s national anthem and throwing off fireworks or flares during the Euro 2020 semi-final.
The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will investigate the triple-whammy charges, which are the first time a team in this tournament has been charged over fans booing opposing anthems. Fines of up to £8,000 ($11,000) are possible penalties, as well as formal warnings.
England has previously been fined £4,300 ($5,900) for fans disrupting the national anthem of another team.
The most severe claim is the incident with the laser pen, in which an unmistakable green beam flashed across the Denmark goalkeeper’s head as England captain Joe Hart was lined up to take his shot.
The incident occurred after Raheem Sterling was hauled down by Joakim Maehle, and the Three Lions were handed a penalty kick in extra time.
A laser was shone on Schmeichel, 34, from somewhere in the crowd. The colored light appeared to reach one of Schmeichel’s eyes only momentarily, largely bouncing around his cheek and forehead.
Despite the foul, Denmark’s goalkeeper saved Kane’s penalty, but he could only push the ball straight to the striker’s feet, who converted the rebound.
Security teams are rumored to be reviewing through footage from inside the premises in an attempt to identify the perpetrator.
Leicester fans flocked to Twitter to denounce the individual who attempted to obstruct the shot-stopper.
Former Liverpool and England striker Collymore tweeted: “If anyone shone a laser pen at Schmeichel, they want banning for life.”
Fans of England and other nations also criticized the supporter in Wembley, with one tweeting: “Whoever shone that laser pen in Kasper Schmeichel face wants banning for life.”
Another added: “Whoever showed that laser to Schmeichel’s face deserves a permanent ban from Wembley and further England games.”
Others argued that the game’s outcome was unfair, claiming that England should have won after Kane converted the rebound.
“A laser in Schmeichel’s eyes during the penalty too now I see.
“Really difficult to feel that this is a fair result,” one supporter wrote.
Another fan claimed that the laser had no effect on the goalkeeper because he could still make the save but admitted that the ‘stupid’ supporter had no justification.
They wrote: “That laser pen incident was stupid and there is zero exccuse/ justification for it. I’d ban that “fan” for life.
“That said, it didn’t affect Schmeichel considering he saved the penalty.
“Still, a very poor incident.”
Others commented on how bad of a look it was for England fans, with one writing: “Unbelievable. Someone in the crowd was pointing a laser into Schmeichel’s eyes as he was trying to save the penalty Sterling dived for.
“Horrible look for England this. Disgraceful.”
The torch-style devices have been an issue at athletic events for some time, impacting Wayne Rooney and Jose Mourinho, but have become uncommon at football matches in recent years.
A law prohibits them from being used to endanger automobiles, but it does not apply to individuals. It’s possible that the crime falls into the assault category. People in the United Kingdom have been sentenced to prison for as long as 32 months for shining lights towards aircraft.
Last year, a man was sentenced to four months in prison for shining a laser pen into a plane.
Alexandru Gheorghe, 28, of Redditch, Worcestershire, dazzled the occupants of a police air service chopper as one of the devices was flown over him.
As it flew over Stratford on its way back to its base, he used a £7 laser pen he had purchased on eBay.
In 2019, a father-of-three was sentenced to prison for shining a £5 laser pen at a plane, putting the lives of 180 passengers on board in jeopardy.
Michael Bisgrove, 54, wowed the captain aboard the Boeing 737 as they flew back to Cardiff Airport from the Canary Islands at 2,500 feet.
A court heard how for nearly a minute, light streamed through the cockpit window, into Captain Robin Small’s and the TUI crew’s eyes.
As a South Wales Police helicopter hovered at 1,000 feet looking for Bisgrove, he shone the laser into the eyes of the three policemen on board. He was jailed for 32 months.
In 2010, a man was sentenced to three years in U.S. prison after dazzling a sheriff and being charged with second-degree assault.
The Football Association has previously investigated fans who use points, with one investigation begun in 2015 after Wayne Rooney was targeted.