The penalty of the decade
Less than 24-hours since England qualified for their first final of an international tournaments since 1966. Yet the reasoning for them getting there has caused quite the stir amongst the footballing community both in the UK and abroad.
Raheem Sterling was brought down in the box after a collision with both Joakim Maehle and Mathias Jensen.
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 7, 2021
Some have given many reasons as to why the penalty shouldn’t have been given, whilst others have said that Sterling was simply ‘street wise.’
So on England’s winning goal we have:
1. Play should have been stopped by ref as there were 2 balls on pitch and extra ball was interfering with play
2. Penalty a clear dive & never a penalty
3. Fans shone laser in Schmeichel’s face as he fumbled save
— Carlo Garganese (@carlogarganese) July 7, 2021
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) July 8, 2021
UEFA Conspiracy theory
However some have gone the extra distance and even conjured some unbelievable conspiracy theories.
The Spanish Football Podcast first highlighted the news this morning’s broadcast of Spanish radio.
The theory claims that due to alleged involvement by Boris Johnson in the collapse of the Super League, with the 6 Founding Clubs from England pulling out first, UEFA have repaid the favour by looking favourably on the penalty call on Sterling.
Spectacular conspiracy theory on Spanish radio this morning “Maybe UEFA wanted to thank the English clubs for pulling out of the Super League by giving England a penalty” 🤷🏻♂️
— The Spanish Football Podcast (@tsf_podcast) July 8, 2021
This was followed up by Gazzetta dello Sport who went as far to say the penalty ‘confirms the suspicions’ that many had. Crazy.
Gazzetta dello Sport piece says the “generous penalty” awarded to England “confirms the suspicions of a return of favour” to Boris Johnson for his role in stopping the Super League threat to UEFA. https://t.co/ej9d2xX70v
— Simon Evans (@sgevans) July 8, 2021
It does make you question should UEFA have wanted to look kindly on England, why Harry Kane’s call for a spot kick earlier in the game was not then given. An arguably clearer incident worthy of the same outcome as Sterling’s. Very strange indeed.