The world of sport had its eyes on the 11 cities that hosted the Euro football matches for a month. Beyond the simple sporting aspect, the competition was talked about off the field. Back on the five most significant events of Euro 2021.
Racist messages against English players
On Sunday 11 July, England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka entered during the match, some of them just seconds from the end of extra time. The penalty shootout arrives and all three miss their penalty. The victory is for Italy, the supporters of the “Three Lions” present at Wembley are extinguished.
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In the evening, supporters cracked racist tweets against the three unfortunate players. The English football federation said “Dismayed” and ” disgusted ” by racist comments posted on social networks.
The British Prime Minister has also reacted on Twitter to denounce these remarks. According to “Bojo”, the national team “Deserves to be hailed as a hero, not to be insulted on social media”.
The fear of the Delta variant
The start of the competition was to mark the return of the old world to Europe and the symbolic end of empty stadiums. Yet the threat of the Delta variant falls on Europe at a time when football must be celebrating. From Saint Petersburg to London, the upsurge in the number of cases linked to the new variant is worrying, and several clusters have been detected in football supporters back in France.
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At Wembley on Sunday, 60,000 spectators attended the Euro football final. The gauge was set at 75% but few supporters wore a mask during the meeting.
At the end of June, the authorities of several countries in Europe were concerned that the gauges remain as large in the stadiums. Several voices were raised for the final to be relocated. Without success.
The “Rainbow-gate” ignited European football. On Sunday, June 20, the city of Munich announced its intention to light up its stadium in LGBT colors for the Germany-Hungary Euro 2021 match, in reaction to a Hungarian law deemed discriminatory.
By not wanting to politicize football, UEFA has made the “Rainbowgate” very political
Tuesday, June 22, UEFA, the European football body which organizes the competition, refused this act which it judges ” Politics “… while reaffirming its values of inclusion. Most of the competition’s sponsors then decided to include the rainbow in their logos in support of the LGBT community. On the evening of the final, the small car of the Wolsvagen brand which brought the ball to the central circle before the meeting was adorned with a rainbow.
Eriksen’s cardiac arrest
The image shocked the whole world. In the Denmark-Finland encounter, Danish team star midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed along the sideline.
The Milan club Inter suffered a cardiac arrest in the middle of the game. His teammates surrounded him so that the cameras could not film the emergency response. The 29-year-old was evacuated on a stretcher with an oxygen mask over his nose.
In the evening, his agent announced that the player was off the hook. But a few days later, the Danish federation indicated that the player will have a defibrillator implanted. An operation that could put an end to his professional football career.
The sporting rout of the Blues
We were confident. Maybe a little too much. With the return of Karim Benzema for continental competition, nothing seemed to be able to stop the France team. But from the group matches, it was felt that this team was nothing like that of 2018. And while they were leading 3-1 against Switzerland ten minutes from the end of the round of 16, the Blues managed to be eliminated by the Nati.
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Different factors are stated to explain this premature elimination, in particular the coaching of Didier Deschamps. The atmosphere in the locker room would have been very different from that of the World Cup in Russia. The French are now looking to Qatar, where the Blues will try, if they are qualified, to win a third star.