DESPERATE England fans have started petitions to have the Euro 2020 final against Italy REPLAYED after claiming Giorgio Chiellini should have been sent off.
Some England fans have called the match officials biased for failing to send off Chiellini for his cynical foul on SakaCredit: AP
But a number of disgruntled fans have set up petitions demanding the match be replayed due to the ‘biased’ referee.
Late in the game, Italy captain Chiellini, 36, grabbed substitute Bukayo Saka by the collar and threw him to the ground to prevent a breakaway attack.
Chiellini was shown yellow by referee Bjorn Kuipers for the cynical foul, with the defender knowing he’d never catch up with the lightning-quick Arsenal teenager – nearly half his age at just 19.
But a number of England supporters believe denying Saka the attack and failing to send off the savvy Italian veteran was ‘unfair’ – despite the fact it didn’t appear to be denying a clear goalscoring opportunity.
Numerous desperate petitions have now surfaced online insisting the game should be replayed.
One petition description read: “Bukayo Saka was mistreated during the match between England and Italy.
“He was dragged down by his shirt by Giorgio Chiellini and given a yellow card when it CLEARLY should’ve been a red card.
“I do strongly believe that the referee was biased and in favour of Italy.”
A handful of furious fans have set up petitions to have the Euro 2020 final replayed over ‘referee bias’Credit: AP
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However, it seems the majority of England fans have ignored the petitions.
Of the five seen online, the most-signed has just 1,500 backers.
Meanwhile, some England supporters have been left outraged by another refereeing decision in the final – an apparent handball in the build-up to Italy’s equaliser.
Luke Shaw had given the Three Lions the lead within two minutes of the game at Wembley, only for Leonardo Bonucci to scramble home an equaliser midway through the second half.
But some fans were adamant Bryan Cristante handballed in the build up to Bonucci’s slotting home.
In truth, the ball appeared to hit the substitute’s shoulder – but England fans were still not impressed.
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