Athletistic / Football. Legendary English footballer Gary Neville praised the referees’ decision to award a penalty in the Euro 2024 semi-final against the Netherlands. The 11-yard strike allowed England to level the score.

“As a player who played as a defender, I think this penalty is an absolute disgrace. The decision to award a penalty for this offence in such an important game is absolutely disgraceful. The Dutch defender was just trying to block the kick. For me, it’s not even a close penalty,” Neville was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

The match between the Dutch and the English was refereed by a team of German referees led by Felix Zweyer. The English equalized in the 18th minute when striker Harry Kane converted a penalty. A penalty was awarded for a foul by the Dutchman Denzel Dumfries. It is worth noting that initially, Zweier did not see a violation of the rules at that time, but changed his decision after viewing the VAR.

England beat the Netherlands 2:1 and reached the Euro 2024 final. In the final match of the tournament, Gareth Southgate’s men will face Spain.