More than 100,000 signatories of the petition for the England-Italy final of Euro 2020 to replay
More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy to be replayed.
Gareth Southgate’s side suffered a heartbreaking penalty shootout loss at Wembley on Sunday 11 July, as Italy won their second European Championship.
As a result, a change.org petition to replay the game was launched on the grounds that it was apparently “not fair at all”, with an image of Giorgio Chiellini’s now infamous foul on Saka – for which the defender Italian was reserved for – used to highlight this apparent injustice.
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It is added that there were “pushes, pulls and kicks” from the victorious Italians, who – it is said – should have had “a red card for their gameplay” with the match replayed with a referee ” unbiased “, presumably to give England a better chance of winning.
Over 100,000 people had signed the petition by noon Tuesday, perhaps not quite seriously.
Some have argued that Chiellini deserves a red card for her fault on Saka.
Jersey pullovers are seen in most football matches and rarely, if ever, result in a red card.
Moreover, the Italian central half did not turn down an obvious opportunity to score, as the foul took place on the halfway line and two other Italian defenders were covering.
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The players gave their all, Southgate said
Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw gave England the lead in the second minute, shooting home from a Kieran Trippier cross after a well-worked English move.
However, Italy began to dominate possession soon after and equalized in the second half.
After making a superb save from Marco Veratti, Jordan Pickford was powerless to prevent Leonardo Bonucci from scoring the rebound to bring the lead to 1-1.
The game went into extra time and Roberto Mancini’s side went on to win 3-2 on penalties.
Everton keeper Pickford saved Andrea Belotti and Jorginho to give England a chance, but Marcus Rashford hit the post and Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka saw their efforts saved by Italian keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
England boss Gareth Southgate was keen to stress how proud he was of his team after the game, reports The Mirror.
“As far as the players are concerned, they gave all they could – not just tonight but throughout the tournament,” Southgate said.
“They should keep their heads up.
“It’s a team that came together, considering the country of amazing nights, but of course tonight the devastation of getting so close and not being able to give our country the trophy we wanted is tough to put in context.
“You can imagine how good the dressing room is, so it’s of course hard to express right now, but as far as the players are concerned, they’ve given absolutely everything and I’m very proud of them.”
Southgate had no criticism for Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers after the game, but it seems a lot of people supporting England were thinking differently.
In the UK, a record 31 million viewers watched the game on both the BBC and ITV, and some fans remained furious.
Earlier in the tournament, some 270,000 people signed a petition on the French website Les Lignes Bougent (LLB) calling for the France vs Switzerland round of 16 game to be replayed.
The signatories complained that Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer was out of line when he saved Kylian Mbappe’s decisive penalty in the shootout, although this later turned out to be incorrect.
The petition was then withdrawn by the person who started it, with a statement from the SU calling on the French to be “good players” and accept Switzerland’s victory.
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