England’s historic semi-final win over Denmark in the Euros last Wednesday has been tarnished by accusations of cheating ahead of this Sunday’s final, where they’ll face off against Italy. This marks the first time in 55 years that England has reached an international men’s final.
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
England won 2-1 over the Danes, making quite the comeback after conceding an incredible free kick in the first half and securing the win through a penalty rebound during extra time. However, the foul responsible for the penalty has been questioned by many viewers…
In the 102nd minute, Raheem Sterling was brought down under pressure from Mathias Jensen, with VAR confirming that the player made contact – but others are speculating that the winger was already on his way down on the run, accusing him of diving.
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
Former players Gary Neville and Chris Waddle even admitted the penalty decision was ‘dubious’, while former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann said it was ‘not in the spirit of the game… Did they deserve it? I have to disagree with Liam [Brady],’.
‘They won with a penalty which was a blatant dive and this is not in the spirit of the game. England always prides itself on being the home of fair play and no diving. We all remember what happened when Jurgen Klinsmann came to England and he dived, then they had the celebration with the diving,’ he added.
🗣 "Once we walk back in the dressing room, that's it over – we've got to focus on the weekend now"
— England (@England) July 7, 2021
Hamann continued, ‘VAT this is a European Championship semi-final, I feel sorry for the Danes. I think there’s every chance it would have gone to penalties, and we would have all thought they might have the advantage with [Kasper] Schmeichel in goal,’.
Defending his penalty in his post-match interview, Sterling explained: ‘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,’.