The laser pen is clearly visible on the Dane's face during the penalty
Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said he first noticed a laser pen being shone in his face during the second half of the semi-final against England, but he added it did not distract him while Harry Kane took his penalty in extra time.
Uefa have opened proceedings against England over the "use of a laser pointer" which appeared to be shone in the face of Schmeichel during the decisive penalty in Wednesday’s semi-final at Wembley.;
The charges came after footage emerged showing a green light across the face of Schmeichel in the moments ahead of Kane stepping up to take the spot-kick. The Dane originally guessed the right way with his dive but was unable to keep out the England’s captain’s rebound shot, the goal proving to be decisive in England booking their place in their first major men’s final since 1966.
Speaking to Danish media following the defeat, Schmeichel said "I did not experience [the laser pen] on the penalty kick because it was behind me on my right side.
"But I experienced it in the second half. I told the referee. And he went to say something to one of the other officials."
That was not the end of the controversy around the goal either, with there being a second ball on the pitch when Raheem Sterling collected the ball at the start of the move that led to him winning the penalty. Referees usually stop play in accordance with the laws of the game if there are two balls on the field, although can use their discretion and ignore if the ball is not interfering with play.
The penalty drew plenty of ire from the Danish press on Thursday, who complained about play being allowed to continue. The national broadcaster DR, and several of the newspapers, also posted up a video showing the green light on Schmeichel’s face.
"And then they wonder why no one likes England," the Jyllands-Posten newspaper quoted one Danish twitter user, Kasper Grøndah, writing. "Booing during the Danish national anthem, diving like crazy during the game, elbows in every header. Laserpens. I hope they get a taste of their own medicine against Italy."
England were also charged with "disturbance caused by supporters during the national anthem" – England fans booed the Danish national anthem – and "lighting of fireworks by supporters," – in England’s case, inside of Wembley. The case will be dealt with by the Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body "in due course."
Schmeichel, meanwhile, expressesd his pride at the team’ extraordinary run. After Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest on the pitch in their opening match, Kasper Hjulmand and his players showed how together they are as a team.
Schmeichel added: "I think the best memory I have is just of this team and of this country.
"Just the togetherness and the fact we’ve been together for nearly six weeks and we’re still not ready to say goodbye is very telling.
"We’ve always said playing for this country is very special to us and it certainly hasn’t changed.
"The support we’ve received, we’ve said it numerous times, you just don’t experience that very often in life and it’s certainly something we’ll take with us."