Gary Lineker slams 'RIDICULOUS' decision to send off Marcus Danielson

Gary Lineker slams ‘RIDICULOUS’ decision to send off Sweden’s Marcus Danielson for lunge on Ukraine’s Artem Besyedin during extra-time of Euro 2020 last-16 clash… insisting slow motion turned an ‘innocuous challenge into MORE than it was’

  • Ukraine sealed Euro 2020 quarter-final date with England after beating Sweden
  • Artem Dovbyk scored a dramatic last-gasp header in extra-time for Ukraine 
  • Sweden went down to 10 men in extra-time after Marcus Danielson was sent off
  • Danielson was shown a straight red for lunging in on Ukraine’s Artem Besyedin
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

Gary Lineker claimed Sweden’s Marcus Danielson should not have been sent off for his lunge on Artem Besyedin despite clearly catching his Ukrainian counterpart during extra-time of the Euro 2020 last-16 clash.

Sweden and Ukraine played out a cagey affair at Hampden Park on Tuesday evening, with the game going to extra-time after the teams couldn’t be seperated in 90 minutes.

And with little between the two sides in extra-time with the score at 1-1, Ukraine gained the upper hand in the 99th minute as Sweden defender Danielson was shown a red card after his studs connected with the shin of Besyedin as they challenged for the ball.

Marcus Danielson was shown a red card for lunging in on Ukraine’s Artem Besyedin

After initially winning the ball, Danielson’s studs caught Besyedin on the follow through

Danielson is given his marching orders following a VAR intervention at Hampden Park

Danielson had won the ball before he followed through on his opponent, and after a VAR intervention as he initially got away with it, the Sweden international was eventually given his marching orders.

But Lineker has branded the decision to send Danielson off as ‘ridiculous’, claiming replays made it look much worse than it actually was.

The former England international wrote on Twitter: ‘That’s not a red card. He’s perfectly entitled to clear that ball. 

‘Slow motion once again turning an innocuous challenge look more than it was. Ridiculous.’


Gary Lineker branded the decision to send off Danielson as ‘ridiculous’ on Tuesday evening

Lineker backed up his own point moments later, arguing: ‘When you kick a football it’s almost impossible not to follow through (not that kind of follow through btw). 

‘Just because a player gets injured because someone kicked a football and accidentally catches him on the follow through doesn’t make it a foul, let alone a red.’

However, Lineker’s tweets certainly divided opinion on social media on Tuesday evening.

Some backed the former England international up, with one social media user arguing: ‘Absolute joke. How the commentators, VAR team & Ref have looked at it & not 1 of them said “well he’s kicked the ball & that’s a natural follow through” is crazy.

Many fans disagreed with Lineker on Twitter, claiming he could have ‘broken his leg’

‘Do we now have to kick it and avoid a follow through in case it catches someone? Unfortunate timing but NEVER a red!’

Another fan simply argued: ‘What’s he supposed to do with his foot after.’

‘Eyes on the ball, got the ball, then hit the guy – yes in a bad way, but not a red for me. Intent? None for me’, another fan wrote on Twitter.

But some definitely disagreed with Lineker on social media, with one fan simply writing: ‘It is a red he’s nearly broke his leg btw’, while another told Lineker to ‘stop tweeting.’

Other football fans agreed with Lineker however, claiming there was no ‘intent’ meant

‘Red card all day every day,’ another fan argued. ‘Studs up, dangerous challenge. It’s not always about “getting the ball” or clearing the ball or whatever it is. Besedin is very lucky his leg is still in one piece.’

Another fan who clearly didn’t agree with Lineker, said on Twitter: ‘It’s the way he did it at knee height, with a straight leg, lunging, it’s extremely dangerous and lucky he didn’t snap the other fellas leg in 2. 100% red card.’

After Sweden went down to 10 men, they were clinging on and penalties looked likely, but Ukraine had one last say right at the death.

In the 121st minute, Artem Dovbyk dramatically popped up with the winning header from Oleksandr Zinchenko’s cross to seal a quarter-final date with England on Saturday evening in Rome.

Danielson trudges off the pitch after being shown the red card during extra-time

Artem Dovbyk popped up with a dramatic last-gasp winner for Ukraine in the last-16 clash

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