UEFA investigating Jude Bellingham gesture as England hit with two charges after Slovakia win

Bellingham is being investigated by UEFA
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UEFA are investigating gestures made by England star Jude Bellingham after he scored a dramatic equaliser against Slovakia at Euro 2024.

The Real Madrid man pulled out a bicycle kick in the 95th minute to level up the scores in the last 16 clash, with Harry Kane's headed effort moments into extra time sealing a comeback win for the Three Lions. But after celebrating his goal, Bellingham was seen making a gesture towards the Slovakian bench.

After a clip of the incident went viral, the 21-year-old took to X to clear the air, claiming it was "an inside joke gesture towards some close friends who were at the game," adding: "Nothing but respect for how that Slovakia team played tonight."

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However, Bellingham will now be subject to an investigation. A UEFA statement read: “A UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector will conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding a potential violation of the basic rules of decent conduct by the English Football Association player, Jude Bellingham, having allegedly occurred in the scope of this match. Information on this matter will be made available in due course.”

Should Bellingham be found guilty of contravening Article 57 of the FIFA disciplinary code, he could be hit with a suspension and a significant fine. The article stipulates: "Anyone who insults someone in any way, especially by using offensive gestures or language, or who violates the principles of fair pay or whose behaviour is unsporting in any other way may be subject to sanctions in accordance with Article 10."

In addition, UEFA has also initiated disciplinary proceedings against the England team for the use of fireworks and disturbances among the crowd in Gelsenkirchen.

A UEFA spokesperson told Mirror Football : "Following the review of the officials reports for ENG-SVK match, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the English Football Association for lighting of fireworks and crowd disturbances. The CEDB will take a decision on this case in due course. No further proceedings were opened from this match."