As the England team was knocked out of the 2022 World Cup after this Saturday’s loss to France (2-1), many England advisers and supporters cried foul. Notably, the wikipedia page of the meeting umpire has been modified.
In the end, the “Gauls” did not return home. While the English tabloid The Sun had mocked the French team for the World Cup quarter-final between the Blues and the Three Lions, Didier Deschamps’ men eventually won (2-1) on Saturday night. And across the Channel, the elimination at the gates of the final four is struggling to go through for some.
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After the meeting, English advisers and fans in particular cried foul. In the crosshairs: a controversial action in the 25th minute between Dayot Upamecano and Harry Kane. Although there may have been contact between the two players at the entrance to the surface, the VAR was ultimately of the opinion that nothing had happened. A possible foul by Aurélien Tchouameni on Bukayo Saka some 25 seconds before the French midfielder’s sensational opener would also have been overlooked.
“(The referee) made an absolutely nightmarish game, ex-international Gary Neville got carried away on English television. A joke from the referee. I’m not saying it was entirely due to England’s defeat – people will say it was a apology is – but he’s just a bad referee, really bad.” An opinion shared by Lee Sharpe, eight selections with the Three Lions in the 1990s. “The referee was a bit biased,” he told Sky Sports.
The modified referee Wikipedia page
On social networks, many English fans have also cried raids. And the fans of the Three Lions were able to show originality by denouncing Wilton Sampaio’s performance by adjusting the Brazilian official’s wikipedia page. “Wilton Sampaio is a French football referee who lost his guide dog. Please bring the dog back when you find him, he has a game to whistle”, we could read on the site of the famous online encyclopaedia.
For his part, Gareth Southgate preferred to play the fair play card. “I don’t need to go into this,” the England coach replied when asked about arbitration. I prefer to talk about our players. Congratulations to France. They know they played a great game. I don’t know what more we could have done.”