EURO 2020

Football Laws Prove Denmark's Goal Against England Should Not Have Counted

Mudeet Arora
Damsgaard scored a tremendous free-kick to hand Denmark the lead against England
Damsgaard scored a tremendous free-kick to hand Denmark the lead against England / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Mikkel Damsgaard's incredible free-kick against England in the Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley should not have stood, according to the laws of the game.

Denmark formed their own wall as they tried to slide over England's wall, eventually blocking Jordan Pickford's vision completely off Damsgaard's attempt.

But, FIFA rules clearly state, "Where three or more defending team players form a 'wall,' all attacking team players must remain at least 1 metre (1 yard) from the 'wall' until the ball is in play."

According to this law, Damsgaard's free-kick should have been disallowed as the players were not one yard away from England's wall.

Meanwhile, England have been charged by UEFA with numerous incidents of fan unrest during Wednesday's 2-1 win over Denmark, including the use of a laser pointer against goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

UEFA have taken a view of the incident and have confirmed on their official website that it was one of three moments of poor fan behaviour for which England have been charged.

Along with the laser incident, England supporters are also accused of causing 'disturbances' during the national anthems, as well as lighting fireworks during the match.

According the Daily Mail, the Met Police were also looking at the incident with the laser pointer to determine whether criminal charges should be brought against whoever was responsible.