Euro 2024: VAR Is ‘Wrecking’ The Sport – Koeman


Ronald Koeman said VAR was “destroying” football after England were handed a route back into their 2-1 Euro 2024 semifinal win against the Netherlands with a controversial first-half penalty.

The game turned on the awarding of a penalty in the 18th minute, though, when the VAR cited a challenge by Dutch defender Denzel Dumfries on Kane. Referee Felix Zwayer reviewed the incident and awarded a spot kick.

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“This is not a penalty,” Netherlands coach Koeman said. “His only intention was to block a shot. Harry Kane then shoots and their feet collide.

“Football is getting destroyed by these type of decisions by VAR. This penalty would not have been given in England.

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“What should you do as a defender? I thought the referee whistled for a lot of silly things, but that’s not why we lose.”

After finishing third in the group round, the Dutch advanced to the semifinals after defeating Romania and Turkey in the knockout stages. Nonetheless, Koeman stated there was enough data to be optimistic about the future given they advanced to the final four despite having a weak group campaign.



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