A bizarre petition to see the Euro 2020 final showdown between Italy and England replayed has gained major traction online on Monday.
Azzurri clinch glory
Four weeks of blood, sweat and tears at the European Championships of course came to a head on Sunday night.
After ousting Spain and Denmark in their respective semi-final fixtures, Italy and England went head to head at Wembley, for a chance to call themselves the continent’s finest international outfit.
The latter headed into proceedings aiming to bring an end to a 55-year wait for silverware, having not tasted glory since the World Cup all the way back in 1966.
When all was said and done in London, however, it simply wasn’t to be for the Three Lions.
After Leonardo Bonucci cancelled out Luke Shaw’s early opener midway through the 2nd-half, the clash was eventually sent to extra-time, and an ensuing penalty shootout.
And from here, it was the Italians who held their nerve, with Gianluigi Donnraumma, on his way to Player of the Tournament honours, having kept out a pair of spot-kicks to clinch a 3-2 shootout victory:
A step too far for England… but didn’t they do England proud.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) July 11, 2021
In turn, with less than 24 hours having passed since the action officially came to a close at Wembley, it is safe to say that the wounds are still fresh for English fans across the nation on Monday.
As outlined above, though, one supporter in particular appears to have allowed their disappointment to get the better of them.
This comes with a petition having been launched on popular website Change.org, to have last night’s Euro 2020 showpiece replayed.
‘Pushes, pulls and kicks’ (specifically one incident involving Giorgio Chiellini and Bukayo Saka) over the course of the 120 minutes are cited as the reasoning behind the endeavour, amid calls for ‘a non biased referee’ to oversee a 2nd meeting between Italy and England:
The match on 11/07/2021 was not fair at all. After italy only receiving a yellow card for dragging England players like they were slaves. All the pushes, pulls and kicks and Italy was still allowed to win? Definitely biased. Italy should have been given a red card for their gameplay and the rematch should happen with a non biased referee. This was not fair at all.
Even more bizarre than the laughable initiative itself, however, is the fact that, thus far, it has received over 40,000 signatures…
This article was edited by Josh Barker.