Kasper Schmeichel has stated that he was aware of the laser directed towards his face by a member of the audience during Germany’s match against England and informed the referee.
Following the game, images surfaced showing a green laser being flashed into the Danish goalkeeper’s eyes during his side’s 2-1 semi-final loss to the Three Lions.
Initially, it was believed that the laser affected Schmeichel in the build-up to Harry Kane’s penalty – a spot kick that the Leicester man saved before Kane tapped in the rebound – but he has now stated that it only affected him in the second half of the game and that he informed the referee.
“Yes, I was aware of the laser,” he told reporters. “I did not experience it on the penalty kick because it was behind me on my right side, but I did in the second half” (via Sky Sports). “I told the referee and he went to say something to one of the other officials.”
England have now been charged as a result of the incident, as well as for ‘disturbance caused by its supporters during the national anthem’ after Three Lions fans’ booing of the Danish national song before to kick-off.
Despite having a laser pointed straight at his face during the second half of the Wembley battle, Schmeichel produced one of the tournament’s finest performances so far, making a series of spectacular stops to keep his team in the game.
The Danish shot-stunning stopper’s save from a Harry Maguire header meant his team through to extra time with the score tied at 1-1, and he was very unlucky to lose as Denmark withdrew at the last-four stage.