England gets tiny fine after tiny allegation

English fans celebrate after beating Sweden during a Group D Euro 2012 championships football match...

English fans celebrate after beating Sweden during a Group D Euro 2012 championships football match Sweden vs England on June 15, 2012 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP)

Mike Zeisberger, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:48 PM ET

DONETSK, UKRAINE - A fine of $7,425 US?

Wayne Rooney probably has shelled out more during one night at a pub.

Come to think of it, maybe Rooney and his teammates should get together and pay the punishment slapped on the English F.A. for a so-called incident during a 3-2 victory over Sweden last Friday at Kiev's Olympic Stadium.

UEFA likely issued such a petty fine because allegations that English fans tried to surge on to the pitch, were, in many ways, unfounded -- at least to those of us who were at the game.

The English fans for the most part have been model citizens, sharing pints with the Swedes and the Ukrainians after their team played those countries. England manager Roy Hodgson went out of his way after his team's 1-0 win Tuesday over Ukraine to praise the English supporters' conduct.

Hodgson now has more pressing issues to deal with including the health of winger Ashley Young.

Young suffered a shin injury against Ukraine and is questionable for Sunday's quarterfinal versus Italy. He did show improvement Thursday, though.

Jermaine Dafoe is expected to rejoin the English team Friday, having returned to England for his father's funeral.

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