England’s first Nations League game set to be KIDS ONLY as Uefa change rules on behind closed doors matches

ENGLAND look set to play in front of a kids-only crowd as punishment for the chaos marred Euro 2020 final.

Uefa bosses are meeting on Monday to look into the trouble that occurred as England took on Italy at Wembley in July.


There were scenes of mayhem as ticketless fans broke into the stadium and brawled with stewards and police after Covid-19 restrictions began to ease.

European football’s governing body is investigating England fans’ behaviour and what appeared to be inadequate security measures for the blockbuster fixture.

Reports suggest the Three Lions are likely to be slapped with playing a game ‘behind closed doors’ as punishment.

But in a change to Uefa disciplinary rules, games played ‘behind closed doors’ are set to be allowed an unlimited number of kids under the age of 14 in attendance.

The youngsters must be from local schools or football academies and be accompanied by responsible adults.

That means England’s next Uefa Nations League game would be played in front of schoolkids and supervisors, and a select few VIPs and media.

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The Three Lions’ upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino would be unaffected as they are governed by Fifa.

The FA is facing a lengthy rap sheet for the Wembley disorder, with Uefa also set to rule on disruption to the national anthems, objects thrown onto the pitch, and fans lighting fireworks.

The havoc wrought by ticketless fans has raised questions about England’s ambitions of hosting the 2030 World Cup.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been lobbying for a joint bid with Ireland to host the event on home soil for the first time since England won it back in 1966.

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