Euro 2012 news UEFA charges Germany, Portugal Both nations facing fines over events in their Group B opener.

ESPN staff June 10, 2012


 Germany supporters threw rolled up paper at Portugal players during the game UEFA has charged Germany over the behaviour of their fans in their first match of Euro 2012 against Portugal, who have also been reprimanded for causing a delay to the start of the second half.

A Mario Gomez goal gave Germany a 1-0 victory in Lviv but the game was disrupted on several occasions by supporters of Joachim Low’s side throwing rolled up paper towards the Portugal players on the pitch, while a smoke bomb was also let off in the stands.

The stadium announcer pleaded with the crowd to stop, warning them that their team could face disciplinary action and that the match could be abandoned, though the missiles continued to rain down.

Portugal, meanwhile, may also face a fine after coming out late for the second half and delaying kick-off. Manchester City were forced to pay €30,000 for a similar incident in a Europa League match against Sporting Lisbon in the 2011-12 season.

“UEFA confirms that it has opened two disciplinary proceedings following Saturday’s UEFA EURO 2012 Group B match between Germany and Portugal in Lviv,” a statement said.

“The German Football Association (DFB) is charged with the throwing of missiles by its supporters, while the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) faces proceedings for a delayed kick-off to the second half.

“The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body will deal with the case on Thursday 14 June.”

On Saturday, the Russian Football Union was charged in the wake of the nation’s fans attacking stewards and engaging in racist chanting during their match against Czech Republic.

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