“The English scandal”… Stirling’s penalty kick enters “dark” history
The “historic” England team qualified for the European Championship final, Wednesday evening, at the expense of Denmark, came “stained” with an incident considered by many to be a “spherical scandal”. The England team won with difficulty, after a “representative” of Raheem Sterling fell in the penalty area, in extra time, to give the English a penalty kick that led them to their first final since the 1966 World Cup. While the British newspapers celebrated the historic achievement of the English, the international newspapers attacked the “English scandal” and considered the decision to kick the penalty a “shameful” thing. Mourinho Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho agreed with the opinion of the world press, and confirmed that the penalty was completely incorrect. Mourinho told TalkSport: “England was the best party, without a doubt, but the situation does not deserve a penalty kick at all.” French coach Arsene Wenger agreed with his counterpart Mourinho, noting that the referee should have canceled the decision after returning to VAR. Memories of Robin and Fuller The “suspicious” incident brought to mind two famous shots in the World Cup tournaments, for “unjust” penalty kicks. The first was in the 1990 World Cup final, when German striker Rudi Voller exaggerated his fall into the Argentine penalty area, to receive a penalty kick. The penalty kick, which came at the end of the match, resulted in Germany winning the World Cup, and Diego Maradona and his companions crying. The German penalty kick is considered the “most unfair decision” for many Argentines, who believe that the International Federation did not want their country to achieve its third World Cup title. As for Mexico, it is still angry, to this day, at the “unjust” penalty kick decision against their country, in the 2014 World Cup. Dutch winger Arjen Robben fell in the penalty area, in the last seconds of the meeting between the two teams in the round of 16, to overthrow Mexico in an “unfair” manner. Robben later admitted he was “like” to get the penalty, and apologized to the Mexican people, who had yet to forgive him. And on Tuesday evening, the Stirling incident entered history with other “unjust” decisions, but the most important thing is that the English reached the historic final, against Italy, on Sunday evening.