England has been accused of cheating during its historic Euro 2020 semi-final win against Denmark.
Gareth Southgate’s side grabbed a spot in the finals on Wednesday for the first time in 55 years after beating Denmark 2-1 at Wembley.
But as the nation eagerly awaits football “coming home”, there is mounting controversy over Harry Kane’s match-winning penalty goal.
Crowds have gathered on social media to voice their outrage at England player Raheem Sterling who they have accused of diving during his clash with Mathias Jenson in the 102nd minute, despite VAR proving otherwise.
The angry mob is adamant that Sterling was already on his way down, arguing that Jenson never made contact with the England star.
There was also a second ball on the pitch when Sterling was making his way into the penalty box, which should have stopped play, according to the laws of the game.
Cheating bastard hasn’t been touched and is already on his way down before Jensen has touched him. Always fucking cheating. pic.twitter.com/cDp1gCaVfH
— Liam Harries (@harries68) July 7, 2021
Dutch Referee Danny Makkelie must have decided that the ball was not interfering with the match, or he missed it entirely.
Danish boss Kasper Hjulmand said he is extremely unhappy with the decision.
He said: “We’re very, very disappointed, and it’s hard for me to talk about. Maybe it will easier for me to say how I feel in a few days.
“We’re just very disappointed that we were so close to the final.
“We’re disappointed it was decided that way… it was a penalty that shouldn’t have been a penalty, and that annoys me right now. We’re disappointed, we’re very disappointed.
When is cheating acceptable? When its an England player diving. The England media will sweep it under the carpet. That Sterling is a cheat. Sorry Denmark pic.twitter.com/eCWNL0wO2Z
— Ian Martin (@IanMart85352347) July 7, 2021
“It’s one thing to lose a game, that happens, but losing this way is just a disappointment because these guys have fought a lot.
“It’s bitter, I think we have to digest this before we can describe these feelings, but it’s a bitter way to leave a tournament.”
One Twitter user said: “You dived and cheated tonight Raheem. Hope you feel good about that”
Another wrote: “They say these things balance themselves out. But there is no denying it, Raheem Sterling dived. And therefore Raheem Sterling cheated. And I’m an England fan.”
While a third said: “Denmark Got Cheated”
Sterling has since defended the penalty.
He said: “I went into the box and he stabbed his right leg out… as long as it goes into the back of the net, that’s all that matters. I don’t how the incident looked… I assume they checked it and stuck with the referee’s decision.”
Someone put a laser pen on Kasper during the penno😂😭 pic.twitter.com/RL4hxTBFpD
— Clarkinohh (@clarkinohh) July 7, 2021
There was further controversy as it emerged that Denmark’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had a laser pen shone in his eye.
Schmeichel saved Harry Kane’s penalty before Kane booted it into the back of the net on the rebound.
But it was spotted that a fan was shining a laser pen in the Danish goalkeeper’s face, which likely distracted him.
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