More than 25,000 and counting desperate football fans have signed an online petition on Change.org calling on UEFA to replay the Euro 2020 semi-final between England and Denmark, claiming that the decisive penalty in the Three Lions’ win should not have been awarded.
Harry Kane scored the winning goal in extra-time, netting the rebound after the penalty in question was originally saved by Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
But the petition’s creator, who is clearly not a fan of England reaching the final, insists the existing result should be voided because of several incidents in that key moment.
“We wish to overule [sic] the penalty decision against Denmark,” the petition reads.
“It was a wrong call, there needs to be contact for a penalty and there was absolutely no contact. There was also two balls on the pitch, just before the penalty and a laser pen being pointed at Schmeichel, during the penalty.
“If this is not overuled [sic], it would show a failure by UEFA and the beautiful game of football.”
Critics have claimed that Raheem Sterling dived to win the penalty, even though video replays showed contact between his leg and Danish defender Joakim Maehle, albeit minimal. A VAR check also didn’t overrule the on-field call because there was no ‘clear and obvious’ error.
UEFA have actually already opened disciplinary proceedings against England over the laser incident. It was one three incidents for which England have been charged for ‘fan unrest’, with the governing body also taking a dim view of ‘disturbances’ while the national anthems were being played and fireworks being set off during the match.
UEFA won’t replay the game but some England fans have taken a ‘bring it on’ attitude and have added their signature to the petition anyway. One comment read, “I’m all up for a Rematch! We outplayed Denmark and will do it again! Waaah waaah waah, ya bunch [of] babies.”