England fans spot ‘handball’ in build-up to Italy’s equaliser during Euro 2020 final

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Eagle-eyed England supporters have been left enraged after spotting what they believe to be a handball in the build-up to Italy's equaliser in the Euro 2020 final.

Leonardo Bonucci was in the right place at the right time to poke in after a scramble in the six-yard box and bring the Azzurri level in the second half.

The goal dealt a crushing blow to England, who had led for over an hour following Luke Shaw's second-minute opener.

But some fans are adamant the goal should not have stood due to Bryan Cristante allegedly committing a handball while jostling for possession with Kieran Trippier.

Some fans are adamant the ball came off Cristante's arm

One such fan took to Twitter to write: "Italy’s equaliser was a handball for the flick yet no coverage or use of VAR for it."

Another added: "We gonna ignore that the Italy flick on for the goal was handball….? No VAR check yeh safe."

"I think there was a handball in the Italy goal and the keeper was off his line when Saka struck his penalty," a third supporter chimed in.

"I may be bitter and twisted but VAR didn’t come into play at all during the game."

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Although the ball comes close to striking Cristante's upper arm, replays appear to show it came off the Roma midfielder's shoulder, which may explain why there was no VAR intervention.

Nonetheless, there is no shortage of fans pointing out what they believe to be grounds for the goal to be ruled out.

"I don't think anyone notices but Italy handball goal please check var of Italy goal," wrote a supporter.

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Another added: "Coming to think of it, if it was English VAR, Italy's goal might have been ruled out on grounds of a 'handball' in the build up to the goal.."

Despite the desparate pleas of England fans, Italy's celebrations as European champions are well underway, with manager Roberto Mancini dedicating the victory to his country's public.

"We don’t even realise what we have managed to achieve," said Mancini ."We are delighted for people and the Italian public because they really deserve this after what has been a trying period. This is great joy for us."

He added: "It [crying] was the emotion which happens after achieving something incredible. It was the emotion of seeing the guys celebrate and the fans in the stands.

"Seeing everything we have managed to create, all of the hard work we have put in over the last three years but specifically the last 50 days which have been very hard.

"It’s the fact we have been able to forge this team spirit over the last 50 days – they have really created something which can never be separated going forward. They will always be synonymous with this triumph."

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