Following its meeting
of July 1, 1999, UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body issued sanctions against
England for "improper conduct of the team" in the two successive European
Championship 2000 qualification matches against Sweden and Bulgaria on 5 and 9 June
its meeting of December 16, 1999, the same body issued monetary sanctions against both
England and Scotland for "improper conduct of the team" in drawing
five cautions each during their European Championship 2000 playoff match at
Hampden Park, Glasgow on November 13, 1999.
In June 2000, UEFA announced the disqualification of the England team from eligibility for the
Fair Play Award at the 2000 European Championship in Netherlands and Belgium because of the behaviour--outside the
stadium--of the hooligan
element that continues to follow the team abroad. That ruling apparently
was based on UEFA officials' judgment that neither the U.K. government nor the
Football Association had acted adequately to prevent or limit hooligan presence
at the tournament. Turkey was similarly penalized.
Penalizing a national team in a competition because of the conduct of
fans outside the stadium is, as far as we know, unprecedented.
Throughout the European Championship 2012 Finals, UEFA's Control and
Disciplinary Body were kept busy by issuing fines after numerous
matches throughout. The Football Union of Russia were fined and
received a suspended six-point deduction after supporters lit
fireworks and displayed illicit banners. The Croation Football
Federation were also fined for similar incidents. The German
Football Association were fined after their supporters had thrown
papaer missiles onto the pitch. The Portuguese Football Fedeartion
were also fined for a delay in a second-half kick-off.
As far as we are aware, these
are the only occasions on which England have been sanctioned as a team. The Football Association, however, has been fined on at least two
occasions for the misbehaviour of England supporters--during the
European Championship final tournament 1-1 draw against Belgium at
Stadio Communale in Turin, Italy on 12 June
1980 and during the European Championship 2004 preliminary match against
Slovakia at Štadión Tehelné pole in Bratislava on 12