‘Decision didn’t go our way’: Virgil Van Dijk on referee’s penalty after Euro 2024 semi-final loss

Virgil van Dijk in an interaction with the referee during the semi-final Netherlands vs England Euro 2024.© AFP


Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk felt the penalty shoot-out in the Euro 2024 semi-final which saw England level the match should have gone in their favour. The Netherlands fell on the wrong side of the result after Ollie Watkins scored a late winner to cause heartbreak. The Dutch side crashed out of the tournament and their dreams of lifting a trophy were dashed again. Despite England’s win, there was one moment in the match that became the talk of the town among fans and former players.

After the Dutch side went ahead inside the first ten minutes through Xavi Simmons, England were awarded a penalty, which helped them return the game to parity.

Harry Kane and Denzel Dumfries appeared to have collided inside the Netherlands in the 14th minute. Referee Felix Zwayer initially pointed to a goal kick but changed his decision to a penalty after VAR reviewed the incident.

Van Dijk was not impressed with that decision and gave his view on the conversation on beIN Sports, saying, as quoted by, “I don’t know if I should say anything about it. I said it to the Dutch media. I think it says it all the referee went in pretty quickly after the game I didn’t have time to shake his hand but it is what it is, the game is over, we lost, some moments were obvious they should have gone our way but they didn’t , regardless of the outcome.”

“It’s hard to accept this. It’s been a tough year. We had a big dream, and we felt like we could have achieved it. They keep changing some things, small changes that can have a big impact. Maybe it’s a good thing they could be held accountable too. They didn’t come here and talk to you like we have to when we do something wrong. But I shouldn’t talk about others looking at us,” he added.

Former England defenders Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher expressed their disapproval of the referee’s decision. Neville called it “a disgraceful decision”, while Jamie Carragher wrote on X, “Never a penalty”.

England now face Spain in Berlin on Sunday in the Euro 2024 final.

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