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The Football Association is launching a defence after the allegation that England fans tried to get onto the pitch after Three Lions striker Danny Welbeck’s winner in Kiev

The Football Association (FA) is launching a defence of England fans, who were accused of attempting to stage a pitch invasion during their team's dramatic 3-2 win over Sweden on Friday.

Uefa opened disciplinary proceedings against the FA in connection with alleged inappropriate behaviour by their supporters after Danny Welbeck's winner in the latter stages of the match.

Glen Johnson's own goal and a header from Olof Mellberg saw the Blagult cancel out Andy Carroll's opener and take the lead.
England fans revel in win
 But an equaliser, courtesy of substitute Theo Walcott and the Manchester United striker's subsequent finish saw English fans climb over barriers before the stewards inside the Olympic Stadium in Kiev restored order.

The FA is set to argue that there was indeed a 'surge' towards the front of the stand, but that this was merely fan exuberance, rather than an attempt to enter the field of play.

The governing body will also use written police testimonies and evidence from their own fans' liaison representative, as well as pointing to a Uefa delegate's report which described their behaviour at 'satisfactory'.

Croatia were fined €25,000 after their fans caused minor problems during their win over Republic of Ireland, and any fine for the FA is likely to be less than the one awarded to the Balkan side.

The Uefa disciplinary body will meet and discuss the ramifications on Wednesday June 20.

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