Furious Germany claim they should have penalty for handball during Euro 2022 final – and accuse England of cheating
FUMING Germany have claimed they were “cheated” at Wembley as the Lionesses ended 56 years of heart by bringing football home.
The seething national press declared Germany should have had a penalty in normal time before Chloe Kelly’s strike sealed an historic 2-1 win.
Germany’s leading tabloid Bild claimed they had been cheated at Wembley again in reference to Geoff Hurst’s ghost goal in the 1966 men’s World Cup final.
The incident causing the outrage this time came in the 25th minute of the Euros final – before Ella Toone’s wonderful chip broke the deadlock.
Pictures of the ball appearing to strike the arm of England skipper Leah Williamson have been plastered across German newspapers and websites.
But the incident, which came in a goalmouth scramble, was looked over by VAR who decided not to intervene.
Referee Kateryna Monzul – who lived in a bunker in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion – chose not to award a penalty.
And the VAR team judged her not to have made a clear and obvious error.
The German press didn’t agree though, with Bild fuming: “Even with VAR we get cheated.”
Elsewhere a headline from the same newspaper read “New Wembley Fraud” in reference to Hurst’s goal from ’66.
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Another newspaper in Die Zeit furiously blamed the officials for Germany’s defeat.
They wrote: “Because the referees, like in 1966, didn’t look closely.”
Germany boss Martina Voss-Tecklenburg was also adamant that her side should have been awarded a penalty.
Speaking after the game, she said: “Handball. You have to see that. You don’t understand that at all. It doesn’t help to cart behind it.
“The people who are responsible have to think about it. But we don’t want to make that dependent on a decision.”
Almost exactly 56 years to the day since England’s last major honour, Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses roared to victory over the same country.
The squad then hilariously gatecrashed Wiegman’s post-match press conference while belting out “It’s coming home”.
But just like in 1966 after Hurst’s shot hot the bar and did or didn’t cross the line, the Germans have once again been left raging.