|English fans celebrate after beating Sweden during the Euro championships in Kiev on June 15, 2012. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP)
KHARKIV, UKRAINE - The English Football Association feels loyal fans of the Three Lions are getting a raw deal.
And they're not going to take it sitting down.
The F.A., the governing body of the sport in England, reportedly will file written evidence to UEFA to fight allegations that English spectators attempted to storm the field during England's 3-2 victory over Sweden Friday in Kiev.
While English fans, for the most part, avoided any major conflicts with the large contingent of Swedish supporters on hand for England's dramatic come-from-behind win over the Tre Kroners, some of them have incurred UEFA's wrath for allegedly trying to bulldog their way onto the pitch.
"UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association of England (FA) for the inappropriate behaviour of their supporters -- attempted invasion of the field of play -- at the UEFA EURO 2012 Group D match against Sweden in Kiev on Friday," UEFA said in a statement Sunday.
The incident UEFA is looking into took place after England's Danny Welbeck had given his club a 3-2 lead in the 78th minute. Fans pushed towards the barriers dividing the stands from the pitch, but a wall of security guards held them back.
But before UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body deals with the incident Wednesday, the FA plans on stating its case on behalf of the English supporters in question.
The FA apparently believes the surge of fans was a sign of enthusiasm for England's dramatic comeback and should not be construed as efforts to jump onto the pitch to disrupt proceedings. According to various reports out of England, it will present written police testimonies and evidence from their own fans' liaison representative, along with highlighting the report of a UEFA delegate which referred to the behaviour of English fans as "satisfactory."
UEFA officials have been busy since the tournament first kicked off June 8.
The Football Union of Russia received a suspended six-point deduction for the Euro 2016 qualifiers after supporters set off fireworks and displayed illicit banners during the group A clash with the Czech Republic that day.
The Croatian Football Federation was slapped with a fine in the neighbourhood of $40,000 for similar incidents involving its supporters during a Group C match against the Republic of Ireland.
UEFA also issued fines to the German Football Association and Portuguese Football Federation after their fans chucked paper missiles onto the pitch during their Group B match in Lviv June 10.