You have to know how to lose, said an old song. An advantage that many English fans have evidently shown not to have, after the defeat on penalties against our national team in the European final played on Sunday at Wembley. The Queen’s subjects on several occasions proved to be not very sporty – unlike what is usually said towards them – such as when they whistled during our anthem or when they took off the medal they just received.
And there are even those who have asked to replay the game that gave us the title of European champions, 53 years after the last victory in this competition. The reason? The refereeing of the Dutch Kuipers, who according to some Englishmen would have clearly determined the outcome of the final. These are no less than five petitions sent to UEFA and which in these hours have already obtained thousands of signatures.
At the center of the English protests there is in particular an episode, when at the 95th Chiellini without too many frills held back for the Saka shirt (which later became a viral gif on social media). A tactical foul, which for the runners-up at Euro 2020, however, deserved the expulsion. Hence the request to replay the match. “The match of 11/07/2021 was not at all correct. After Italy only received a yellow card for dragging England players as if they were slaves. All those pushes, tugs and kicks and was Italy still entitled to win? Definitely biased. Italy should have received a red card for their way of playing and the rematch should take place with a non-partisan referee. This was not fair at all ”, reads the reasons for justifying the request. However, the English friends will have to get over it: football has returned home. Yes, in Italy.
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