The legend of the German national team, Lothar Matthaeus, highlighted the arrogance of British fans during the Euro 2020. England fans performed unsportsmanlike actions several times while supporting the Three Lions squad.
One of them was a laser incident that was directed at the face of the Danish goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel. The moment occurred in the semifinal match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium, Saturday (7/7/2021) local time. England fans shine a spotlight on Kasper Schmeichel’s face during Harry Kane’s penalty in the first half of extra time.
Kasper Schmeickel kept his focus and saved Kane’s penalty. However, the rebound was immediately struck by Kane who immediately struck it into the Schmeichel goal.
Kane’s goal ultimately sealed England’s 2-1 victory over Denmark and advanced to the final. Unfortunately for England, the dream of winning the Euro 2020 trophy ran aground after losing to Italy on penalties in the top party.
In addition, England fans also abused the national anthems of opposing countries and even insulted their own players who dropped to one knee every time before kick-off to protest the racism that is still rampant in the world. England fans also stirred up the European Cup final by breaking into the ring inside Wembley Stadium and some even fighting amongst themselves.
As a result, Lothar Matthaeus did not sympathize with the defeat of the English national team in the European Cup final. He thought that England deserved to feel the trauma of the penalty because of the arrogant attitude of their supporters.
They whistle when the opponent’s national anthem plays,” Matthaus told SportBild, quoted by the Daily Mail.
“Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was shone with a laser on the penalty that came from Raheem Sterling’s diving to qualify for the semifinals.” He also mentioned the racist abuse that befell Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka after all three failed to complete a penalty in the penalty shootout in the final.
Dear British people, that is unsportsmanlike behavior that we don’t want to see again. So sorry to the players but you deserve the trauma of a penalty shootout after losing the final.” said Lothar Matthaus.
Matthaus’ comments about the little girl in the Germany national team uniform relate to a girl crying at Wembley after Germany lost 2-0 to England in the last 16. The picture of the little boy then went viral on social media and added harsh comments.