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No. Date Opponent Venue Type Details
758 5 June 1999 - 0-0 vs. Sweden
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
ECP UEFA fine imposed 1 July 1999 for "improper conduct of the team", that is, one expulsion for two cautionable offences and three other cautions throughout the match.
759 9 June 1999 - 1-1 vs. Bulgaria
Stadion Balgarska Armia, Sofiya
ECP UEFA fine imposed 1 July 1999 for "improper conduct of the team" for four cautions throughout the match.
763 13 November 1999 - 2-0 vs. Scotland
Hampden Park, Glasgow
ECP UEFA fine imposed 16 December 1999 for "improper conduct of the team" for four cautions throughout the match.
770 17 June 2000 - 1-0 vs. Germany
Stade du Pays de Charleroi, Charleroi
ECF UEFA disqualified England from the competition for the Fair Play Award at the European Championship 2000 final tournament because of the behaviour of the team's alleged fans outside the stadium in Charleroi, Belgium as England played Germany.
801 2 April 2003 - 2-0 vs. Turkey
The Stadium of Light, Sunderland
ECP UEFA fine of €99,000 (£68,000), the largest ever for a racism-related incident, imposed 1 May 2003 for racist chanting and pitch invasions by the crowd and "final warning" issued as to future conduct of England's supporters.
847 11 October 2006 - 0-1 vs. Croatia
Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
ECP UEFA fine of 10,000 Swiss Francs (£4,222) on 9 November 2006 for the "unruly conduct" of England fans outside the stadium in Maksimir, despite the evidence to say that England supporter's were poorly treated.
908 15 June 2012 - 3-2 vs. Sweden
Natsional'nyî Sportyvnyî Kompleks, Pechersk, Kyiv
ECF UEFA fine of €5,000 (£4,000) on 20 June 2012 for the "inappropriate conduct" of England fans inside the National Stadium in Kiev. The FA had decided not to contest the fine, maintaining the relatively small amount reflects UEFA's belief the incident was not serious.
948 12 October 2015 - 3-0 vs. Lithuania
LFF Stadionas, Vilnius

UEFA fine of €15,000 (£10,768) on 22 October 2015 over crowd disturbances. Riot police quelled skirmishes between rival fans behind one of the goals just before kick-off. An English FA statement said the incidents had not taken place in the area where fans who bought tickets from the FA were located.

963 11 November 2016 - 3-0 vs. Scotland
National Stadium, Wembley

Fifa opened disciplinary proceedings against the FA and SFA after "a series of incidents" at the World Cup qualifying game at Wembley. Both FA's had been charged for wearing poppies in the match on Armistice Day. The display of poppies on big screens, the minute's silence, playing the Last Post and handing poppy T-shirts to the crowd will also be assessed. FIFA also cited "several cases of fan misconduct" and the display of flags by fans of both teams. England and Scotland players wore black armbands bearing a red poppy despite failing to get clearance from FIFA.

984 14 July 2018 - 1-2 vs. Croatia
Luzhniki Stadium, Moskva
WCF The FA has been fined £50,000 for breaching tournament rules on marketing and equipment.
They have also been warned over the future conduct of their fans after offensive chanting was heard during Croatia's national anthem.
999 14 October 2019 - 6-0 vs. Bulgaria
Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofija
ECP The FA has been fined €5,000 (£25,630) by UEFA for the behaviour of England fans during the Bulgarian national anthem
1020 7 July 2021 - 2-1 vs. Denmark
National Stadium, Wembley
ECF The FA has been fined €30,000 (£25,630) by UEFA for the behaviour of England fans during the Euro 2020 semi-final, which included a laser pointer being shone at Kasper Schmeichel. The punishment also takes into account disturbances during the national anthems at Wembley and the setting off of fireworks inside the stadium.
1021 11 July 2021 - 1-1 vs. Italy
National Stadium, Wembley
ECF England have been ordered to play their next UEFA competition game behind closed doors - with one more game suspended for a probationary period of two years - after crowd trouble inside and outside the National Stadium. The Football Association were also fined €100,000 (£84,560) for 'the invasion of the field of play, for throwing of objects and for the disturbances during the national anthems'.


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 1999.

After 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 Croatian Football Federation were also fined for similar incidents. The German Football Association were fined after their supporters had thrown paper missiles onto the pitch. The Portuguese Football Federation were also fined for a delay in a second-half kick-off.

Following the unsavoury scenes at the National Stadium, Wembley, surrounding the 2020 European Championship Final, England were ordered to play a UEFA-sanctioned match behind closed doors.

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 five 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, during the European Championship 2004 preliminary match against Slovakia at Tehelné pole in Bratislava on 12 October 2002, during the European Championship 2016 preliminary match against Lithuania at LFF Stadionas in Vilnius, during the European Championship 2020 preliminary match against Bulgaria in Sofiya on 14 October 2019 and during the European Championship 2020 Final against Italy on 11 July 2021.

Once more, the UEFA board were kept busy during the European Championship 2016 Finals in France. Although England and the Football Association were never formally sanctioned, they were threatened with expulsion of they were caught up in any further incidents that the Russian's found themselves spearheading, who were fined and formally threatened with expulsion.