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Premier League referee ‘leaves Euro 2024’ after 32,000 sign petition for punishment


Anthony Taylor has reportedly flown home from Euro 2024 because he doesn’t expect to take charge of the final in Berlin on Sunday, even if England aren’t involved. The Premier League referee has been at the centre of a wave of backlash since host nation Germany crashed out against Spain in the quarter-finals.

Taylor oversaw the clash in Cologne as Mikel Merino’s acrobatic 119th-minute header earned Spain a dramatic 2-1 victory.

Early substitute Dani Olmo had fired the Spaniards ahead before Florian Wirtz blasted life back into Germany with a last-gasp equaliser in normal time.

And Julian Nagelsmann’s side then thought they should’ve had the opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot in extra time.

Jamal Musiala lashed a shot from the edge of the area, which struck the hand of Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella, prompting rave cries for a spot kick.

But Taylor waved away the demands, adjudging Cucurella’s arm to have been in a natural position low down and close to his body.

UEFA later poured cold water on the intense backlash aimed at Taylor, backing the 45-year-old’s decision to ignore the penalty shouts.

German reports claimed that he ‘fled the scene’ after full-time, which further intensified the substantial online abuse aimed at him.

However, the Mail report that while Germany assistant Sandro Wagner entered Taylor’s dressing room for an explanation, there was no furious row of verbal abuse.

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