Jamie Carragher Weighs In: Was That England Penalty Against Netherlands a Legitimate Call?

Carragher Slams VAR Decision as England’s Euro 2024 Hopes Hang in the Balance

Jamie Carragher has sparked controversy with his scathing assessment of the VAR decision that awarded England a penalty in their Euro 2024 semi-final match against the Netherlands. The former Liverpool defender claimed that the contact between Harry Kane and Denzel Dumfries was "never a penalty" and that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) got it wrong.

The Three Lions were trailing 1-0 at the time, with Xavi Simons having scored a stunning wondergoal in the opening seven minutes. However, Kane’s penalty, which was awarded after a lengthy VAR review, levelled the scores and set up a thrilling second half.

Carragher’s tweet about the incident has gone viral, with many fans sharing his sentiments. "VAR got it wrong again. Never a penalty," he wrote.

The former England international’s opinion is not without merit. ITV’s VAR expert, Christina Unkel, was equally perplexed by the decision, saying that she didn’t think it should have been given. Meanwhile, referee Felix Zwayer thought otherwise.

The penalty decision has sparked a heated debate among fans and pundits alike, with many calling for VAR to be re-evaluated. The technology has been at the center of controversy throughout the tournament, with several high-profile incidents sparking outrage and confusion.

Despite Carragher’s criticism, England ultimately went on to win the match 2-1, with Kane’s penalty proving to be the turning point. However, the debate surrounding VAR will likely continue to rage on, with many calling for greater clarity and consistency in its application.

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