Italy midfielder Jorginho should have been sent in extra time to seal England vice Jack Grealish, insist Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard: ‘This is reckless and endangering an opponent’s safety’
Italy midfielder Jorginho may consider himself lucky after a grueling encounter with Jack Grealish in extra time in the Euro 2020 final.
With the game in extra time, England were under increasing pressure from Roberto Mancini when both Grealish and Jorginho competed for a loose ball.
The Aston Villa playmaker slid inside to pick up the ball, while Jorginho looked to deflect the ball with his toes. But he instead slipped on the ball and hit Grealish’s knee, who was moaning in pain.
Italy’s Jorginho was lucky not to be sent off after a poor challenge on England’s Jack Grealisho
Grealish needed treatment and was in agony after Jorginho’s knee was stamped in the game
Jorginho also went to the ground and was apparently injured, before seeing Grealish prone to return to his feet for some time and then staying on the floor himself.
After receiving treatment, Grealish became furious with the challenge and pointed referee Björn Kuipers to the stud mark on his knee. The Dutch referee decided to only give Jorginho the yellow card.
The pundits were all unhappy with Jorginho’s tackle, but were divided over whether Kuipers should have let him off.
Jermaine Janus said the tackle was ‘shocking’ but agreed a yellow card with the referee
On the BBC, Jermaine Janus described the tackle as ‘shocking’.
‘Jack is furious. He (Jorginho) has gone with his stud, it’s a shocking challenge. It’s a yellow, looking at it over and over again and the angle he’s gone with his studs is a terrifying challenge.
‘When I saw him get up and throw himself down, I thought, he has done something wrong here.’
But after the match, Alan Shearer became angry with Jorginho’s challenge and was adamant that he should have been let off.
‘Jorginho was lucky he was on the pitch, he should have got a red card,’ Shearer said.
Jorginho with the Euro Trophy. Alan Shearer said his tackle was ‘reckless’ and ‘dangerous’
‘It is reckless, dangerous, endangering an opponent’s safety and it must be a red card.
Lee Dixon, co-commenting on ITV, said shortly after the incident: ‘As soon as you go on the field, you run the risk of getting a guy who doesn’t, whether he (Jorginho) gets anything on the ball or not. Endangering an opponent, getting red.
‘It’s not red for me. That’s all the referee has to do.
England eventually lost the final 3–2 on penalties, although Jorginho saw his penalty saved by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.