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More Than 270,000 People Sign Petition Asking UEFA To Replay France vs Switzerland

Jack Kenmare

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More Than 270,000 People Sign Petition Asking UEFA To Replay France vs Switzerland

More than 270,000 fans have signed a petition demanding that UEFA replay the European Championship round of 16 clash between France and Switzerland because 'the rules were not respected' during the penalty shootout.

France were eliminated from this summer's tournament when Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer produced a fine stop to deny Kylian Mbappe.

Sommer didn't celebrate until he received official confirmation from VAR that the penalty save was legal but despite officials agreeing that he did play by the rules, a petition was launched soon after claiming his foot was NOT on the line.

Image: leslignesbougent
Image: leslignesbougent

As reported by numerous media outlets including RTL Sport and Football.Fr, over 270,000 people have signed the petition, despite a number of pictures from several different angles showing that Sommer's foot was on the line when Mbappe hit the ball.

The petition reads: "During the penalty shoot-out for the France - Switzerland match, goalkeeper Sommer was not on his line during Mbappé's shot. We request the cancellation of the qualification of Switzerland and therefore to replay the match.

"Sport must be played within the rules and that evening the rules were not respected."

You can see footage of the penalty save below that confirms Sommer did have his foot on the line when Mbappe struck the penalty.

After the final whistle, Sommer said he 'always believed' Switzerland could win against favourites France.

"What a game, what a night of football,' Sommer told "The end is crazy, it is beautiful but how we came back during the game from two goals down, I am really proud of this team.

'We always believed, we always said if we are down we will go to the end and not give up. It was our chance to go through. it is incredible how we played.

"Anything is possible but that is always in football. We believed it, we are a small country but we have a lot of quality and have experience in our squad. We showed it."

Image credit: PA
Image credit: PA

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Topics: Football, France, Switzerland

Jack Kenmare
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