Despite the controversial issue the VAR who let the penalty stand will be officiating In the final game
The Three Lions advanced to their first major tournament final in 55 years following a dramatic victory over the Danes on Wednesday night, in which Harry Kane snatched the winner after slotting home a rebound from a missed penalty.
The spot kick was awarded after Raheem Sterling appeared to be hauled down by Joakim Maehle as he advanced into the penalty area, although replays showed that there was minimal contact on the Manchester City forward.
However, VAR official Pol Van Boekel opted to uphold referee Danny Makkelie’s decision, to the furore of the Danes and a host of fans from across Europe as England moved one step closer to winning the competition.
On Thursday, Uefa announced that Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers will officiate the showpiece event between England and Italy on Sunday, and eagle eyed fans spotted a familiar name among the list of officials involved for the final.
Despite heavy criticism for not intervening at the crucial moment, Van Boekel will be involved on Sunday, with the Dutchman assisting German official Bastian Dankert with VAR.
Reaction to the penalty has been heavily one-sided across Europe, with Italian media claiming that the spot kick was given as a favour to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for helping stop the European Super League.
‘The very generous penalty that allowed the Southgate national team to eliminate Denmark confirms the suspicions about the exchange of favours for Boris Johnson, considered the saviour of European football after the attack on the Super League,’ Gazzetta dello Sport wrote.
In their explanation, Gazzetta described the foul for the penalty – on Raheem Sterling – as ‘bordering on the non-existent’.
And the newspaper were not the only ones seemingly furious with the decision to hand the Three Lions a spot-kick.
One fan was so enraged he decided to set up a petition to UEFA with change.org to try and get the match replayed.
The ‘Rematch England vs Denmark’ petition started by Cris Pinto reads: ‘We wish to overule the penalty decision against Denmark. It was a wrong call, there needs to be contact for a penalty and there was absolutely no contact. If this is not overuled, it would show a failure by UEFA and the beautiful game of football.’
Meanwhile, a popular Spanish football TV programme has accused UEFA of ‘conditioning’ Euro 2020 for England to reach the final – and even insisted the Three Lions’ decisive penalty against Denmark highlighted the bias.