Fans and Van Dijk criticize decisions in England’s Euro 2024 victory over the Netherlands

Fans and Van Dijk criticize decisions in England’s Euro 2024 victory over the Netherlands

Netherlands fans were left fuming at the failure to award a corner before England booked their place in the final of Euro 2024.

The Three Lions will take on Spain on Sunday after beating the Netherlands 2-1 on Wednesday night, with Ollie Watkins coming off the bench to score a last-minute winner.

The game had looked to be heading to extra time when the Aston Villa forward fired home, triggering ecstatic scenes from the England faithful as they were left readying their tickets for the weekend.

But there have been suggestions that the goal should never have happened, with many arguing a wrong call was made just moments before Watkins’ strike.

Referee Felix Zwayer awarded England a goal kick instead of Netherlands a corner at the other end of the pitch following a free kick, with John Stones seemingly heading out, and Dutch fans took to social media to slam the call.

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‘NO corner kick + A FREEKICK FOR for England + a yellow card for Virgil van Dijk!,’ one fan wrote on X, formerly Twitter. ‘THIS REFEREE IS F***ING TERRIBLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!’

Another posted: ‘Not even a corner for Netherlands??? This ref is blind.’

A third added: ‘This ref is so bad…how is that not a corner.’

Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk, meanwhile, said after the game: ‘The referee ran back inside straight after the full time whistle, that says a lot.’

More to follow. 

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