England vs Italy: why won’t there be fans at Molineux? | Soccer

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Stadium ban in place for tonight’s Nations League clash (Image: Getty)

England and Italy meet tonight in Molineux in a replay of the Euro 2020 final, but the game is behind closed doors.

Saturday’s game at Wolverhampton Wanderers’ home ground comes 11 months after the night the Three Lions suffered heartbreak against the Azzurri on penalties at Wembley.

However, England’s first major final in 55 years was marred by serious unrest before kick-off. Fans fought with stewards and police officers as they tried to enter the stadium without them Tickets that wreaked havoc with a string of arrests.

As a result, the FA were fined €100,000 and England were handed a two-game stadium ban – with the second game suspended for two years.

It is the first time the national team has received a penalty that has resulted in a home game being played behind closed doors.

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England fans tore down barriers around the stadium (Image: Getty)

What happened at the Euro 2020 final?

Thousands of England fans illegally entered Wembley Stadium that day, with 53 arrests made at the stadium for offenses including assault, drunk and disorderly conduct and vandalism.

Some invaded areas reserved for the families of England players and Harry Maguire later revealed his father was left with two broken ribs after getting caught in an onslaught of ticketless fans.

Italy beat England on penalties that night (Image: Getty)

“If it’s embarrassing, it’s for England as a country,” England manager Gareth Southgate said this week.

“A lot of the people who caused the problems, which I’m not sure about, were football fans.

“We talked about it enough, we talked about it after the final, and when the first penalty was imposed, I have to say that the vast majority of our fans who traveled to Germany on Tuesday behaved brilliantly, a big thank you of them because maybe people thought otherwise, but there was a large majority that was a credit.

Will any fans be present?

Up to 3000 children will be in attendance on Saturday night, with Uefa rules allowing the FA to provide tickets for fans under the age of 14. One adult may also attend for every 10 children present.

Hungary received similar treatment in last Saturday’s game against England in Budapest.

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