Fans start petitions calling for England vs Italy rematch

Fans start PETITIONS calling for England vs Italy to be replayed because Euro 2020 final was not ‘fair’ and claiming Italy’s captain should have been sent off for ‘assaulting’ Bukayo Saka!

  • Italy beat England on penalties at Wembley to be crowned Euro 2020 winners 
  • Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed from 12-yards 
  • Some fans have started to create petitions demanding the match be replayed 
  • Gareth Southgate has taken personal responsibility for England’s failure 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

A section of England fans have started to petition for the replay of the Euro 2020 final, after deeming the manner of the Three Lions’ exit ‘unfair.’

Gareth Southgate’s side crashed out to the Azzurri on penalties after taking the final the full distance at Wembley, but a section of fans were left feeling hard done by.

Italy have since received accusations of playing ‘dirty’ after captain Giorgio Chiellini pulled on Bukayo Saka’s collar and caused him to fall to the ground in the latter stages.

Petitions have emerged with fans calling for England vs Italy to now be replayed

While some fans quickly took to social media to argue he deserved a red card for the move, he ultimately got away with a yellow.

The refereeing decisions have been widely disputed since and a number of England fans have taken it upon themselves to start up petitions. 

One petition, in its description, outlines: ‘Bukayo Saka was mistreated during the match between England and Italy as he was dragged down by his shirt by Giorgio Cheiellini 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.’

Fans have been left aggrieved by the manner in which Giorgio Chiellini got away with fouling Bukayo Saka in the closing moments of the match

Another argues Chiellini should have been given a red card, and that a rematch should take place with a ‘non-biased referee’.

Many supporters have, understandably, distanced themselves from the petitions and their embarrassing nature.

At present several of the petitions exist, though they are struggling to gain any substantial traction.

Of the five petitions so far, one is approaching 1,500 signatures, while the others have meagre numbers.

One petition, named Justice Rematch for England, had just six people on board as of Monday morning.

After the match on Sunday night Gareth Southgate fronted up to the media and insisted he would take all responsibility for the penalty shootout failure.

Harry Kane and Harry Maguire scored England’s first two penalties — but Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho failed to convert, before Saka saw his decisive spot-kick saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.

England boss Gareth Southgate took full responsibility for choosing the side’s penalty takers

Saka (centre), plus Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, failed from the spot at Wembley

Southgate said: ‘That is my responsibility. I chose the guys to take the kicks. I told the players that nobody is on their own in that situation. 

‘We win and lose together as a team. They have been tight throughout and that’s how it needs to stay.

‘It is my decision to give (Saka) that penalty. That is totally my responsibility. It is not him or Marcus or Jadon. We worked through them in training. 

‘That is the order we came to. Marcus and Jadon have been by far the best in the lead-in. It was a gamble (to bring them on), but if we gamble earlier we maybe lose the game in extra time.’

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