July 15th, 2024

Jude Bellingham avoids an immediate ban at Euro 2024 over offensive gesture but gets fined


By James Ellingworth, The Associated Press on July 5, 2024.

England's Jude Bellingham, left, celebrates his goal with Harry Kane during a round of sixteen match between England and Slovakia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, June 30, 2024. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) – Jude Bellingham has avoided an immediate ban after the England midfielder appeared to make an offensive gesture in his team’s win over Slovakia.

Bellingham will be available for England’s game against Switzerland on Saturday for a place in the semifinals after UEFA on Friday imposed a one-game ban but said it “is not immediately enforced and is subject to a probationary period” of a year.

Bellingham will have to pay a fine of 30,000 euros ($32,500).

UEFA earlier launched an investigation into Bellingham for “a potential violation of the basic rules of decent conduct” in the Slovakia game.

Bellingham seemed to make a gesture with his hand toward his crotch after scoring an overhead kick to level the score Sunday as England went on to win 2-1 in extra time.

Bellingham’s goal with about 80 seconds left in the game saved England from a humiliating exit in the first knockout round.

Bellingham previously denied suggestions he gestured toward the Slovakia bench.

“An inside joke gesture towards some close friends who were at the game. Nothing but respect for how that Slovakia team played tonight,” Bellingham wrote on X.

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AP Euro 2024: https://apnews.com/hub/euro-2024

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