Euro 2016: Hungary, Belgium, Portugal face disciplinary probes

The 2016 edition of quadrennial tournament is witnessing unprecedented fan violence, which is believed to be worst in the tournament's history.

Updated: Jun 19, 2016, 23:46 PM IST
Euro 2016: Hungary, Belgium, Portugal face disciplinary probes

New Delhi: Hungary, Belgium and Portugal have become latest sides to face disciplinary probe from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) after spats of fan violence continue to take the shine off Euro 2016.

UEFA on Sunday confirmed that it has begun disciplinary action against football associations of Hungary, Belgium and Portugal for incidents in their Euro 2016 matches the previous day.

Portugal is charged with allowing a pitch invasion, Hungary for allowing crowd disturbances and other offences, and Belgium for its fans setting off fireworks and throwing objects in the field of play.

Europe's football governing body said that its disciplinary panel will rule on crowd disturbances, the throwing of objects and the setting off of fireworks by Hungarian fans in Saturday's match against Iceland which finished 1-1.

Police were deployed to stand in front of a section housing Hungarian fans at the Stade Velodrome after they clashed with stewards before the game.

Disciplinary proceedings have also been opened against the Belgian FA after fans set off fireworks and threw objects during their 3-0 victory over Ireland in Bordeaux.

Portuguese Football Federation have been charged after at least one fan came onto the pitch following their scoreless draw with Austria, in which captain Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty.

The hearing for the Hungarian FA will be held on June 21, while dates have yet to be set for the other two associations.

Earlier, UEFA ordered similar procedures against Croatia and Turkey following flare-throwing incidents at their match.

The 2016 edition of quadrennial tournament is witnessing unprecedented fan violence and hooliganism, which is believed to be worst in the tournament's history.

The worst of those incidents happened during England-Russia match, forcing UEFA to issue disqualification warning to both the national associations.