FA fear England on 'yellow card' because of fan behaviour

FA fear England on 'yellow card' because of fan behaviour

The FA will make renewed appeals for England fans to behave during the upcoming game against Germany in Munich amid fears that repeated violence may impact their hopes of hosting Euro 2028, and force more marquee matches to be played behind closed doors.

UK police and security officials within the FA are understood to have real concerns about Germany vs England in the Nations League on June 7. The match is seen as the biggest away game and highest-risk England fixture in four years.

The feeling within Wembley is that the FA are on a "yellow card" with UEFA, and they need to rebuild the nation's footballing reputation following the disorder which marred the final of Euro 2020.

England against Italy at Molineux next month is already being played without fans, as the FA serves a UEFA ban as punishment for last summer's violence at Wembley.

But officials are acutely aware that as part of that punishment they are also carrying a suspended one-game supporter ban, which could quickly be enforced if there is further trouble.

That could potentially mean England vs Germany in September being played at an empty Wembley Stadium if fans do not behave. There are also concerns that any more trouble could seriously hinder the joint Home Nations and Ireland bid to host Euro 2028.