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Opinion: Here Is Why Sterling’s Foul In Yesterday’s Euro Match Didn’t Warrant A Penalty

Yesterday’s match between Denmark and England ended 2 – 1 in favour of England.

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Things got a little tense in when Mikkel Damsgaard opened the floor with a 30th minute stunning freekick that left Jordan Pickford helpless in goal. Denmark’s captain Simon Kjaer scored an own goal in the 39th minute to bring the scoreline level again, though it wasn’t in his best interests to do so. As the match progressed, the controversial part was when Raheem Sterling was judged to have been brought down in the 102nd minute of added extra time. A subsequent Penalty was given and England’s captain, Harry Kane was quick to convert it in the 104th minute to seal the winner.

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In my opinion, the penalty that earned England that second goal should have not been given in the first place. This is because I have viewed the foul from so many angles and come to a conclusion that Sterling wasn’t fouled, but rather it seemed like the contact was very minimal and couldn’t warrant a foul. Secondly, Sterling has an history of diving so I wouldn’t be surprised if he took that ‘minimal contact’ a little too far yesterday. What are your views on the penalty? Comment below.

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