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Jamie Carragher leads criticism as fans SLAM decision to award England a penalty

  /  autty

Fans have slammed the decision to award England a penalty in their Euro 2024 semi-final tie agaisnt the Netherlands.

England had trailed earlier through a stunner from Xavi Simons, but were handed a controversial spot kick when Harry Kane hit the deck before the 20-minute mark.

The Bayern Munich forward had already skied his effort when he was clipped by Dutch defender Denzel Dumfries, who was booked for his role in the goal, which was awarded after a VAR check.

Referee Felix Zwayer had originally awarded the goal kick, but changed his mind after a check with the technology.

Former England defender-turned pundit Jamie Carragher led the criticism on social media, claiming that the challenge was 'never a penalty' despite his former side benefitting.

Another fan wrote on X, formerly Twitter: 'If that’s a penalty, Im done watching football.'

Another wrote: 'That’s not a penalty in my books. Too soft!'

A third, meanwhile, wrote: 'Not even a penalty. Anything to help Gareth keep his job.'

Kane nonetheless scored from the spot, slotting in his third goal of the tournament as he blasted past Brighton goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen.

Verburggen had tried to distract Kane in the lead up to the kick, but Kieran Trippier was on hand to separate the two players.