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‘Unpleasant, rotten smell’ – German press outraged at Lionesses victory after being denied VAR handball cry as Women’s Euro final branded as ‘new fraud at Wembley’


The German press called England’s victory in the Women’s Euro 2022 final “a new fraud at Wembley”.

Describing the Lionesses’ victory as having an “unpleasant and rotten smell”, some of those covering their country’s defeat expressed their anger through the headlines.

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Chaos erupted at Wembley as the Lionesses won their first European Championship

‘Unpleasant, rotten smell’ – German press outraged at Lionesses victory after being denied VAR handball cry as Women’s Euro final branded as ‘new fraud at Wembley’

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Thanks to substitute Chloe Kelly’s winning goal

‘Unpleasant, rotten smell’ – German press outraged at Lionesses victory after being denied VAR handball cry as Women’s Euro final branded as ‘new fraud at Wembley’

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Which means it was money for the Germans

England snatched the extra-time win just ten minutes from time as the tie was 1-1, with substitute Chloe Kelly in the right place at the right time to send the ball home and put the Lionesses back on before.

And Germany’s most popular tabloid, Bild, explained the bitter taste the country had in its mouth following an incident as the match was deadlocked at 0-0 in the 25th minute of the game.

The front page of Bild on Monday morning highlighted Germany’s defeat, reflecting the injustice felt by the men’s team after Geoff Hurst’s controversial strike against West Germany in the Cup final of the world 1966.

The publication claimed their country was again wronged at Wembley on Sunday as Germany’s cries for a handball against England captain Leah Williamson in the box and a possible penalty were not checked by VAR.

“That must not be true! This simply cannot be true! writes the tabloid.

“56 years after the goal was ill-awarded at Wembley in the 1966 Wembley final, our women are once again cheated in a final against England.

‘Unpleasant, rotten smell’ – German press outraged at Lionesses victory after being denied VAR handball cry as Women’s Euro final branded as ‘new fraud at Wembley’

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The German press was not very happy the day after the final

‘Unpleasant, rotten smell’ – German press outraged at Lionesses victory after being denied VAR handball cry as Women’s Euro final branded as ‘new fraud at Wembley’

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Officials ruled it was not handball


“This time despite the video footage! The 1-2 after extra time has an unpleasant and rotten smell.

“You lost. But those who lose to fraud are actually the winners.

Williamson had his arm raised above his head when the ball hit him, but VAR may have deemed that the fact that the ball shot at fellow England defender Millie Bright from close range was sufficient mitigating factor .

Die Nationalelf were humbled in defeat as the Lionesses lifted their first European Championship trophy but were left shaken by the handball scream that went unchecked.

‘Unpleasant, rotten smell’ – German press outraged at Lionesses victory after being denied VAR handball cry as Women’s Euro final branded as ‘new fraud at Wembley’

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Prolific striker Alexandra Popp’s last-minute injury summed up an unlucky day for the Germans

‘Unpleasant, rotten smell’ – German press outraged at Lionesses victory after being denied VAR handball cry as Women’s Euro final branded as ‘new fraud at Wembley’

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And they feel like they’d be harmed by the tie officials

And Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg spoke about the situation after the final whistle as her side missed out on their ninth European league title in 13 attempts.

“Let’s differentiate between football and feelings and start with footballing things. In the first half, possession of the ball was a bit more on the English side,” she said.

“We managed to have a few attacks but what I’m thinking now is there was a 0-0 situation where there was a clear handball in the box and VAR looked at it and didn’t did not award the penalty.

“In such a big game, it’s hard to deal with that. I ask, why didn’t the referee look at it? It would have given us more security if we had scored.

The German manager then praised the Lionesses and said they were ‘deserved champions’.

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