Kasper Schmeichel forced to deny calling Man City’s Raheem Sterling a diver after England v Denmark
Kasper Schmeichel was forced to deny calling Raheem Sterling a diver after his Danish side lost to England at Euro 2020.
Almost two weeks after England’s spectacular semi-final victory over Denmark, it seems there is still some acrimony over the extra-time decision to award a penalty for fouling Sterling.
There were certainly two points of contact on Sterling so a penalty was assessed and confirmed by VAR but the aftermath saw many of the Manchester City man’s charges drop all too easily.
Danish goalkeeper Schmeichel saved the next penalty before Harry Kane hid his own rebound, but in recent days he has been awarded a quote criticizing the decision as a plunge from Sterling.
He reportedly said: “I didn’t care if Italy won, but I didn’t want England to win because of the bad refereeing in our semi-final. My heart is still bleeding because I personally witnessed diving with Sterling. It was a clear dive.
However, Leicester’s Schmeichel took to Twitter to deny the quote, calling it “total garbage”.
He wrote: “I don’t know where this ‘quote’ came from in the last few days. It’s hogwash. I never said that and shame on those ‘news’ sites from the to have published without a source. “
Schmeichel and Sterling could come face to face again at Wembley on August 7 when Leicester take on City in the Community Shield.
Both players are expected to be on vacation after their Euro 2020 exploits until the week before this match, so there is also a chance that the match will come too early for players involved in the later stages of the tournament.
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