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Sunday, August 1, 2021

British fans misbehave as England beats Denmark and is to meet Italy in Euro 2020 finals


Image is very important !  … >> Britishers carefully built their image – during our freedom struggle, they were portrayed as caring and lenient, not violent – and when Gandhi fought non-violently, the most disciplined British gave India freedom with grace ! [History as we read in our School text books !!] 

Where it began, I can’t begin to knowing

But then I know it’s growing strong

Was in the spring - And spring became the summer

Who’d have believed you’d come along .. .. .. Hands, touching hands

Euro 2020 is about to conclude !  .. .. Jorginho converted the decisive penalty kick to give Italy a 4-2 shootout win over Spain and a spot in the European Championship final. The midfielder took a trademark hop at the end of his runup before rolling the ball into the bottom corner. The match had finished 1-1 through extra time. Federico Chiesa scored for Italy with a curling shot in the 60th minute but Alvaro Morata equalised for Spain in the 80th. Morata missed the next-to-last kick in the shootout, giving Jorginho the chance to win it. Italy will be back at Wembley Stadium for the final on Sunday against  England.  

The song in second para - "Sweet Caroline" is a song written and performed by American singer Neil Diamond and released in May 1969 as a single with the title "Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)". It was arranged by Charles Calello, and recorded at American Sound Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.  This song   about the daughter of a former US president, has become the unofficial anthem of the England team at Euro 2020. And it's not the only pop song to have been adopted by England fans. The song blared out over the Wembley speakers after last week’s 2-0 win over Germany, fans around the country sung it to celebrate Saturday’s quarter-final victory over Ukraine, and the England team danced to it on the pitch after Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Denmark that sent them to the final.  The players linked arms and jumped up and down as England’s fans belted out the hit from the stands.

With the whole Nation following and wanting it to happen - England defeated Denmark 2-1 in extra-time to book a place in Euro 2020 final. Harry Kane scored a rebounded penalty to set up a final showdown with Italy.

Before you read more about the game - England's Euro 2020 final against Italy will cause a massive spike in coronavirus cases because millions will pack together in pubs and public transport, scientists warned today.     Thousands of jubilant fans were pictured tightly packed together leaving Wembley last night as supporters across the nation gathered to celebrate the Three Lions victory over Denmark. Experts have  warned England's most successful international tournament since 1966 could cause a fresh surge in infections, as people meet up in large groups to watch the historic match on Sunday night. Dr Christina Pagel, a mathematician at University College London and member of Independent SAGE, said there is 'no doubt' cases will spike because of the final.      She told MailOnline: 'The worry about the finals at Wembley — and the matches have gone before — are about more than just the event. It's the celebrations before and after in pubs, with hugging shouting, singing in crowds — all high risk activities for transmission.     'This isn't just about the fans attending the match but the millions of fans watching across the country in pubs and each other's homes. So while it's amazing watching England do so well, there's no doubt in my mind it will lead to increases in Covid infections.' And Professor Martin McKee, an expert in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said the virus was less likely to spread at the match itself — and the greatest risk was posed by fans celebrating in packed bars and congregating on public transport.

          More than 66,000 people packed the stands in Wembley's biggest post-pandemic crowd during England's 2-1 victory over Denmark, with all supporters told to stay in their seat throughout the game, keep their coverings on whenever they stood up, and to avoid hugging and high fiving when celebrating crucial moments.  Just hours earlier a major surveillance study estimated cases are now doubling every six days and found that infections in England quadrupled in June, with the rise clearly coinciding with the competition. Cases currently stand at around 25,000 a day across England, meaning the country may break through the six-figure barrier on Freedom Day if current trends continue.  Experts accused Boris Johnson of carrying out a 'dangerous and unethical experiment' by pressing on with July 19's unlocking.

India has got at least 11 times more the population of UK – but BBC and every other media would blame the Indian Govt for Covid spread while remaining mum on the lapses and slack conditions in UK.  Media, thy colour !!  - then comes the behaviour of the decent crowds and gentlemen of UK.

Peter Schmeichel bemoaned the referee's 'really big mistake' to give England a penalty in extra-time after Denmark were dumped out of Euro 2020 in Wednesday night's semi-final - as boss Kasper Hjulmand admitted he feels 'bitter' about the way his side were beaten. Harry Kane saw his penalty saved by Schmeichel's son Kasper but the England striker followed up to score the rebound to net the winner for Gareth Southgate's side in extra-time. Referee Danny Makkelie awarded England the penalty after Raheem Sterling went down in the box under the challenge of two Denmark defenders.  Former England striker Ian Wright admitted they were 'lucky' to get a penalty and Schmeichel admitted the defeat is 'hard to accept' because the referee made the wrong decision.

Speaking on beIN SPORTS following Denmark's 2-1 loss, the legendary ex-goalkeeper said: 'He made a really big mistake on the penalty and this will be debated for a long, long time. It's a hard one to take because it's not a penalty.  'I would have been much more relaxed and acceptable if they had scored one of the many chances that they created but unfortunately the referee made a big mistake in my opinion. Jose Mourinho came out after the game and admitted he was 'disappointed' by the decision and felt VAR should have overturned it.

.. .. and there is more !!  .. .. Football federation UEFA have hit England with three disciplinary charges - after a fan shone a laser pen in Kasper Schmeichel's face before Harry Kane's penalty. (cynical show of trying to win at any cost !). The group - which represents the sport in Europe - are also investigating Three Lions supporters booing during Denmark's national anthem and setting off fireworks or flares during the Euro 2020 semi-final. The triple-whammy allegations will be investigated by UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body and are the first time a team in this tournament a team has been charged over fans booing rivals anthems. Punishments include fines of up to £8,000 and official warnings.  England has been fined £4,300 before for supporters disrupting another side's national song.

The most serious allegation is the laser pen incident, which saw an unmistakable green beam flickered across the Denmark keeper's head as the England captain was lining up to take his shot. It appeared to hit one of Schmeichel's eyes only briefly with the coloured light mostly dancing over his cheek and forehead. There is a law relating to them being used to endanger vehicles but would not cover individuals. It may be the offence would fall under an assault category. In the UK people have been jailed for as long as 32 months for shining the lights at aircraft.

England has won and is through to Finals, but their behaviour has dropped down drastically.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
8th July 2021.

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