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Jude Bellingham faces potential UEFA punishment for gesture following goal against Slovakia

England midfielder Jude Bellingham is under scrutiny by UEFA following a controversial gesture he made after scoring a dramatic equaliser in the 95th minute against Slovakia.

The incident occurred during a thrilling match in Gelsenkirchen, where Bellingham’s overhead kick brought England level, eventually leading to a 2-1 victory after Harry Kane’s extra-time winner.

The 21-year-old was seen making what appeared to be a lewd gesture towards the Slovakian bench immediately after his goal.

Bellingham later clarified on social media that the gesture was an “inside joke” directed at friends present at the game. “An inside joke gesture towards some close friends who were at the game,” he explained on X, formerly known as Twitter.

He also expressed respect for the Slovakian team, saying, “Nothing but respect for how that Slovakia team played tonight.”

Despite his explanation, Bellingham may still face disciplinary action from UEFA. The governing body’s rules are clear that any “obscene gesture” or “offensive or insulting action” should be punishable by a red card.

UEFA’s disciplinary body will review reports from the match referee and other officials before determining any possible sanctions.

This incident adds to a growing list of disciplinary issues for Bellingham this season. While playing for Real Madrid, he was sent off in March for arguing with referee Jesus Gil Manzano after a potential game-winning header was disallowed.

His actions earned him an additional two-match La Liga ban for showing “contemptuous or disrespectful attitude towards a referee.”

Despite the looming disciplinary concerns, Bellingham’s goal was crucial in securing England‘s place in the quarter-finals.

England will now prepare to face Switzerland in Dusseldorf on Saturday, aiming to advance further in the competition.