UEFA fines Jude Bellingham for breaching its decency rules

Jude Bellingham has been fined €30,000 ($32,400) by UEFA for “breaching the basic rules of decent conduct during England’s Euro 2024 round-of-16 game which was played on Sunday, June 30, 2024.

The 21-year-old was also dealt a suspended one-game ban that will come into effect if he repeats the offensive gesture at any point in the next year. The Real Madrid player scored the equaliser in the 94th minute in their round of 16 clash against Slovakia to take the game to extra time which they eventually won courtesy of a goal from Harry Kane.

What did Jude Bellingham do?

The midfielder appeared to cup his private part in the direction of the Slovakia bench after he scored an overhead kick in the last minute of thr game which he later claimed was a joke aimed towards his close friends.

What did UEFA say about Jude Bellingham?

UEFA announced after the incident that they had opened an investigation into the 21-year-old, writing to him and the FA for an explanation of his actions. The governing body has now announced that the investigation has concluded and Bellingham has been punished.

The statement read as follows,

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has taken the following decisions: UEFA EURO round of 16 match between England and Slovakia played on 3 July 2024 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Charges against English Football Association: Crowd disturbances, Art. 16(2)(h) DR; Lighting of fireworks, Art. 16(2)(c) DR. Charges against English Football Association player Jude Bellingham: Violating the basic rules of decent conduct, Art. 11(2)(b) DR.The CEDB has decided to fine the English Football Association €10,000 for crowd disturbances and €1,000 for lighting of fireworks. To fine the English Football Association player Jude Bellingham €30,000 and to suspend him for a total of one UEFA competition match for which he would be otherwise eligible for violating the basic rules of decent conduct. Said suspension is not immediately enforced and is subject to a probationary period of one (1) year, starting from the date of the present decision.”

The one-match ban, has been suspended for one year, meaning he is free to play in the rest of the tournament, as long as he does not break any more rules. He is expected to start for the Three Lions in their quarter-final against Switzerland on Saturday.

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