EURO 2020

Gareth Southgate Urges England Fans Not to Boo Italy National Anthem Before Euro Final

Gareth Southgate has called on the England fans to show 'respect' to Italy on Sunday
Gareth Southgate has called on the England fans to show 'respect' to Italy on Sunday / Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images

Gareth Southgate has called on the England fans to "show respect" and not boo the Italian national anthem at Wembley on Sunday.

The Three Lions boss insisted that booing their opponents will only motivate them more to perform their best and try to win the Euro 2020 final.

Sections of England fans were heard booing the national anthems of Germany and Denmark in previous games, and Southgate wants the 60,000 fans at Wembley to keep from repeating those actions.

"It's important our fans always respect the opposition," Southgate said.

"We know that when we play abroad and fans boo our anthem it inspires them more. I don't think it will help the team. We can intimidate the team booing during the game, but it is different for the anthem."

England were hit with a fine by UEFA after a fan shone a laser pointer in Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel's face during Wednesday's Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley.

The incident occured as Harry Kane stepped up to take his penalty in the first half of extra-time. The Leicester man saved the penalty, but Kane scored on the rebound to give England a decisive 2-1 lead.

They were also charged for "disturbance caused by its supporters during national anthem" and "lighting of fireworks by its supporters".

UEFA said in a statement: "The case will be dealt with by the UEFA, Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body [CEDB] in due course."

If the allegations prove to be true, England face a fine of €8,000, while each firework would result in a fine of €500. Booing a national anthem would also result in a financial penalty, especially since the FA have repeatedly informed fans to respect opposition anthems during games.