England fans will come under the spotlight again with fears growing about the Football Association’s bid to host the 2030 World Cup.
Thousands of supporters will be able to travel to England’s World Cup qualifiers in Hungary on September 2 and in Poland six days later with the FA now under major scrutiny.
On Tuesday UEFA launched a full scale investigation into the shocking disturbances at Wembley for the Euros final on Sunday which could result in the FA losing support to jointly stage the World Cup.
Ticketless thugs stormed the stadium, police and stewards struggled to cope on what was seen as being a chance for the FA to show they could stage a major event peacefully and safely.
Now up to 5,000 England fans could travel to Budapest with the Hungary FA expecting to be able to host the game with no capacity restrictions and up to 65,000 while supporters can also travel to Poland.
But UEFA will be watching developments closely amid fears European football’s governing body will put their support behind a joint bid from Spain and Portugal rather than England’s campaign with Ireland.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has insisted only one European bid should be put forward and the disaster at Wembley could cost the FA dear.
UEFA have appointed an ethics and disciplinary inspector to investigate events involving supporters which occurred inside and around the stadium before, during and after the game.
Witnesses saw hundreds of ticketless thugs storm into the stadium, more than 200,000 fans congregated outside Wembley and there were ugly scenes outside while fans – including players’ family members – got inside to find their seats were already taken.
UEFA have also brought four charges against the FA relating to a pitch invasion by a supporter, the throwing of objects by fans, the lighting of fireworks and the booing of the Italian national anthem.
The FA have launched their own investigation and have stressed that the six other games at Wembley went off peacefully but the lack of police outside will not reflect well on the English authorities and their ability to stage big events.
There is also a feeling within other UEFA members that the English FA often talks about the need to stop racism and crowd problems – but is not keeping its own house in order.
Meanwhile, the FA will ask Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford if they want to pursue criminal action against their online abusers.
The England trio were targeted with racist abuse after missing their penalties in the shoot-out at Wembley and if the authorities can track down the accounts they are ready to take action if the players want to pursue it.