Ethan Ampadu red card: Wales fans have Peter Walton theory in Euro 2020 clash vs Italy

Euro 2020 briefing: June 19

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Wales fans were not happy with Peter Walton’s analysis on Ethan Ampadu’s red card against Italy on Sunday. Wales entered the game against Italy sitting on four points and all-but secured of a place in the next round.

There would have had to be a big goal swing in Switzerland’s favour for Wales to drop down to third in their group.

But even finishing outside the top two would likely see Wales qualify as a one of four third-placed teams.

Still, there was plenty on the line in terms of Wales testing themselves against arguably the in-form team at the Euros.

Italy had been sensational in 3-0 wins over both Turkey and Switzerland with many now tipping them as favourites to win the tournament.

Roberto Mancini made several changes for the game against Wales in a move to rest some of his star players for the next round.

And Wales were managing to match Italy for the most of the first half, until Matteo Pessina grabbed the opener for the Italians.

Rob Page’s side were still in the game heading into the second half though and Aaron Ramsey had a good chance to equaliser after finding space in the box.

The match was beginning to open up with Wales building some good momentum.

But that all changed on the 55th minute with Ampadu was shown a straight red card for a stamp on Federico Bernardeschi.

The 20-year-old looked shock when the red card was pulled out with John Hartson equally surprised on commentary.

Former Premier League referee Walton was then asked for his analysis though, where he agreed with the on-field decision to show Ampadu a red card.

But fans watching were unconvinced by Walton’s analysis of Ampadu’s red card.

One viewer fumed: “Peter Walton saying it was a red card just makes me believe even more that it wasn’t.”

Another said: “Of course Peter Walton agreed it was a red card.”

A third posted: “If Peter Walton said it’s a red then we all know it’s a yellow.”

Another sarcastically wrote: “Thank god Peter Walton was on hand to confirm the ref got the decision absolutely right.”

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