Wales players warned about bringing their kids on the pitch following matches

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This summer has been a fairytale for Wales.

Chris Coleman’s side would probably have been satisfied to scrape through their group - consisting of England, Slovakia and Russia - before being valiantly beaten by a bigger nation in the last-16.

Forget about that, though.


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Despite a last-gasp defeat to England, they topped Group B which handed them a tie against Northern Ireland in the second-round - which they won 1-0 thanks to an unfortunate own-goal by Gareth McAuley.

Next up was much-fancied Belgium. But they were sent packing by the Welsh following an impressive 3-1 victory which has seen them progress to the last-four to face Portugal.

After this victory against Belgium the Wales players - not for the first time - brought their children on the pitch following the final whistle. Gareth Bale was the notable example of this who was seen celebrating with daughter Alba Violet - a picture that was all over social media the following day.

But it looks as though no kids will be joining the Welsh players on the pitch following their semi-final against the Portuguese.

UEFA's warning

That’s because UEFA have issued a stern warning to Bale and co. about their actions.

"It is always cute when the kids are there," said UEFA operations director Martin Kallen.

"But it is a European Championship, not a family party.

"We are not 100 percent against it, but we are cautious. We have to guarantee security.

"There should be a certain order. There are also certain safety issues behind it. Small kids five, six years old. If something happens what do you do," said the Swiss official, who said there would be problems if there was a pitch invasion.

"The stadium is not the safest place. You have to have that under control."

Future conduct

In truth, UEFA’s stance is understandable but it’s a shame that, if Wales win, they won’t be able to celebrate with their loved ones on the pitch immediately after the final whistle.

However, if they do the unthinkable and beat Portugal, before beating either France or Germany in the final - you can’t imagine the Welsh players taking UEFA’s advice of not bringing their kids onto the pitch to celebrate the greatest moment of their careers.

But, before Wales can even think about celebrating, they will need to find their way past Portugal tomorrow. Star man Cristiano Ronaldo may have suffered an indifferent tournament so far, but Wales’ opponents boast some quality youngsters, including Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches.

Fernando Santos’ side still haven't won a match in 90 minutes, but they must believe that their name is already on the Henri Delaunay after they finished third in their group, scraped past Croatia in the last-16 in extra-time, before beating Poland on penalties.

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