German publication Bild were less than pleased with the decision not to award their nation a penalty in the first-half of the Euro 2022 final on Sunday against England.
In the midst of a tense opening 45 minutes at Wembley, a goalmouth scramble saw the ball pop up and appear to brush Arsenal star Leah Williamson's hand. Despite pleas from the German players, the referee waved away their protests while VAR did not intervene – insisting there was not a clear and obvious error.
After the match, Germany manager Martina Voss-Tecklenburg was fuming with ref Kateryna Monzul and could not understand why the incident was not checked over. And that feeling has been shared in the national press with Bild leading the whining.
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In an article titled 'Why is England hiding the new Wembley scam?', they delve straight into what they felt was a huge injustice after insisting the DFB women were 'denied a crystal-clear penalty'. They then took a swipe at the British press, who 'don't want to know anything about that'.
While the ball actually looked like it hit Williamson's shoulder before grazing an arm, Voss-Tecklenburg was insistent that the referee had made a mistake. She said: “Let’s differentiate between football and feelings and let’s start with the footballing things. In the first half the ball possession was a bit more on the English side.
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“We managed to have some attacks, but what I’m thinking about now is there was a situation at 0-0 where there was a clear handball in the box and VAR looked at it and didn’t award the penalty.
“In such a big game, it’s difficult to cope with that. I’m asking, why didn’t the referee look at it? That would have given us more safety if we’d scored.”
As it was, England survived the scare to go and take the lead in the second-half when substitute Ella Toone scored an exquisite chip in front of nearly 90,000 at Wembley. Lina Magull equalised with 10 minutes left before Chloe Kelly's dramatic winner in extra-time saw the Lionesses beat Germany – the first time they have lost an international final.
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