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Fans watch England knocked out of Euro 2012

Fans watch Andy Carroll on the big screen Credit: ITV

Hundreds of fans gathered in Newcastle city centre to watch Italy knock England out of Euro 2012. Darkness fell over crowds at the big screen by the city's Monument, as the game went first to 30 minutes of extra time and then to a penalty shoot-out.

Fans could not bring themselves to watch England's defeat Credit: ITV
A fan in Newcastle covers his face during the penalty shoot-out Credit: ITV

For full coverage of the game, see ITV News.

Drink drive warning ahead of England game

The Traffic Sergeant heading up an operation to crack down on the number of people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, says the consequences of such actions can be 'devastating'.

Officers from North Yorkshire Police will be out in force over the weekend to try and catch those who could be putting other people's lives at risk.

It is evident that some people are still not taking the dangers seriously.

The simple fact is that drink and drug driving kills and our officers will be out in force again this weekend to ensure that anyone putting lives at risk will be spending their weekend in custody.

Clearly people will be going out to cheer on England on Sunday night and my advice to them is if you are having a drink make sure somebody is giving you a lift home, get a taxi or catch the bus. Whatever you do don't drink and drive.

– Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer, Head of Operation


Bookmakers to pay Bendtner fine

Bookmaker Paddy Power has agreed to pay a UEFA fine inflicted on Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner.

The former Sunderland loanee was found guilty of improper conduct after revealing a sponsored pair of "lucky" underwear during his country's 3-2 defeat to Portugal at Euro 2012.

The 24-year-old was banned for one competitive international match and fined 100,000 euros (£80,000) by UEFA.

Paddy Power, who's logo was seen on the underwear, claimed the punishment was "barmy" and offered to pay the fine.

A company spokesman said: "We don't believe that Nicklas should be penalised for nothing more serious than wearing his lucky underpants which, in fairness, was only a bit of fun."

Bendtner was given three days to appeal against the decision.

Magpies' Debuchy bid rejected

Lille are understood to have rejected a £4 million bid from Newcastle United for France international Mathieu Debuchy.

The 26-year-old has seven caps for his country, and played during England's 1-1 draw with France at Euro 2012.

Speaking to French website 20 Minutes, Lille boss Rudy Garcia said: "I believe Newcastle have faxed an offer of £4 million. But they have the wrong player."

Garcia added: "He is torn between staying with us and playing in the Champions League in our new stadium or going elsewhere.

"If he does go and it is a sporting progression, then we will be happy to see him evolve. But we have not planned to replace him."

The Magpies signed Debuchy's international team mate Yohan Cabaye from Lille in June 2011.

Bendtner banned and fined

Former Sunderland loanee Nicklas Bendtner has been banned for one competitive international match and fined 100,000 euros (£80,000) by UEFA.

The punishment comes after the striker lowered his shorts to reveal a sponsored pair of underwear after scoring in Denmark's Euro 2012 match with Portugal on June 13.

The stunt breached competition rules, and the 24-year-old was found guilty of improper conduct.

The Arsenal forward now has three days to appeal against the ban, or he will miss his country's opening World Cup 2014 qualifying game.

Larsson expects "organised" England

Sweden midfielder Sebastian Larsson says he expects to face an "organised' England side in their Euro 2012 match tonight.

The Sunderland winger is set to start for his country as they take on Roy Hodgson's side in Group D in Kiev, Ukraine.

Speaking ahead of the game, the 27-year-old said: "We expect a very tough game first of all. You're never going to have an easy game when you come up against and England team, who we expect to be very organised. As they have been for a very long time, especially since Roy took over."

Sweden coach Erik Hamren was also full of praise for Roy Hodgson. The England boss started his managerial career in Sweden with Halmstad, before going on to coach Oddevold, Örebro, and Malmö FF. He said: "He's a big name in Sweden and we'll never forget him for what he's done for Swedish football."


Bendtner could face underpants rap

Former Sunderland loanee Nicklas Bendtner could be punished by UEFA after the striker dropped his shorts to reveal a sponsored pair of underwear in Denmark's Euro 2012 defeat to Portugal.

The 24-year-old scored both his country's goals as Denmark lost 3-2 in Wednesday's match. But after scoring his second, Bendtner lowered his shorts to reveal some Paddy Power branded underwear.

UEFA has now confirmed it plans to take disciplinary action against the forward. A UEFA statement read:

"UEFA has today announced that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner for improper conduct (Law 4 of the Laws of the Game) at the UEFA EURO 2012 Group B match against Portugal in Lviv on Wednesday 13 June.

"The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body will deal with this case on Monday."

– UEFA statement

However, Bendtner claimed he had no idea he had broken any rules. He said:

"It is just a pair of lucky boxer shorts that I used in the first game as well and have used before the tournament.

"I didn't know I was breaking any rules but I am aware of that now."

– Nicklas Bendtner, Denmark and Arsenal FC Striker

Police prepare for Euro 2012

Euro 2012 is a week away and North Yorkshire Police is asking football fans to enjoy the tournament responsibly. Officers are concerned abut alcohol related disorder.

On England match days, extra officers will be on patrol.

Police also respond to more incidents of domestic violence during major football events and officers are displaying posters to warn people about the sentences they could face for domestic assaults.

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