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Petition for Euro 2024 clash to be replayed after controversial end goes viral with almost half a MILLION votes

GERMANY fans have launched a petition for their Euro 2024 clash with Spain to be replayed.

The quarter-final tie ended in controversy on Friday night following extra-time.

Germany fans have launched a petition to replay their Euro 2024 loss to Spain
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The hosts were denied a penalty after the ball struck Marc Cucurella’s hand in extra-time[/caption]
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Anthony Taylor waved play on before VAR agreed with his on-pitch decision[/caption]

Spain progressed as 2-1 winners thanks to Mikel Merino’s 119th-minute header.

However, it came after Germany felt they should have been awarded a penalty.

Jamal Musiala’s shot struck the hand of Marc Cucurella earlier in extra-time.

Referee Anthony Taylor waved play on, though, despite the appeals of the host nation’s supporters.

VAR also stuck with the English official’s on-pitch decision, prompting supporters to launch a petition.

It has since been revealed that a penalty should have been awarded based on Uefa‘s rules for the tournament.

The movement is pushing for the match to be replayed due to “many wrong decisions”, most notably the penalty claim.

Almost 350,000 fans have already signed it, with the next goal of 500,000 signatures already being close to being achieved.

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Germany manager Julian Nagelsmann discussed the decision after the match as he called for a change to the handball rule.

He told reporters: “There is a rule and I hope there is no wrong decision. They applied the rule and it was not a penalty. I do not feel cheated.

“For me the question is about making it more practical, more logical, in terms of how this [handball] rule is assessed. I say this for football [in general] not today.

“You look at the hand, if it is at 3 o’clock, if it is a bit higher or a bit lower. But there are people with bigger muscles than me, different movements.”

Meanwhile, Spain boss Luis de la Fuente instead highlighted Toni Kroos escaping a red card for a challenge on Pedri.

The midfielder was forced off as a result of the tackle, with his manager explaining: “I think it was a red card challenge.

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Germany boss Julian Nagelsmann has called for the handball rule to be changed[/caption]

“Whether he is on the pitch or off, Pedri will continue to contribute. There are games that are like that, when you are playing so much, at this point, you have to use your whole squad.”

Spain’s reward for beating Germany is a semi-final against France in Munich on Tuesday.

The winners will face either England or the Netherlands in the final in Berlin on July 14.


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