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Petition for Euro 2024 match to be replayed after controversial decision goes viral despite UEFA statement

A petition calling for a match at Euro 2024 to be replayed after a controversial decision has received almost half a million signatures.

On Friday, heavyweights Germany and Spain went head-to-head in a thrilling quarter-final in Stuttgart, but it was the tournament hosts who dropped out of the competition.

Spain looked to be going ahead until Florian Wirtz equalized in the 89th minute to send the game into extra time.

Spain then scored a late own goal, Mikel Merino heading home in the 119th minute to win 2-1 and break German hearts.

Shortly after the match, German supporters launched an online petition calling for the match to be replayed. They felt their team should have been awarded a penalty in extra time when Jamal Musiala’s shot hit Marc Cucurella’s hand.

Referee Anthony Taylor waved it on despite protests from German players and fans, and video assistant referee Stuart Attwell was satisfied with the decision on the pitch.

Based on the guidance given to the umpires before the tournament, Taylor made the correct decision because Cucurella’s hand was not in an unnatural position when the ball hit it.

Roberto Rosetti, the UEFA referee, told the officials that he did not want to see penalties awarded for incidents where a defender’s arm is close to the body and in an almost vertical position.

Even so, Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann scoffed after full-time: “I can’t understand why it wasn’t evaluated, even though there were 48,000 replays.”

The ball hit Marc Cucurella’s hand (Getty)

He later 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 don’t feel cheated.

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

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

Despite Nagelsmann’s admission that the rule was followed, a petition calling for the game to be replayed has been signed by nearly 350,000 fans in less than two days, according to The sun.

What German fans have ignored is how Toni Kroos managed to stay on the pitch despite several difficult challenges.

Spain face France in the semi-finals on Tuesday, before England host the Netherlands on Wednesday.

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