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UEFA told England vs Netherlands referee must be"blacklisted"after penalty controversy

Dutch football icon Pierre van Hooijdonk has slammed referee Felix Zwayer's contentious penalty call against England and claimed he should be "blacklisted" by UEFA.

England secured their spot in the Euro 2024 final against Spain after a thrilling late goal from substitute Ollie Watkins earned them a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands. The match was not without controversy, particularly regarding England's equalizing penalty.

The Dutch took the lead through a superb effort from Xavi Simons, but the game's turning point came when Harry Kane hit the deck in the box following an encounter with Denzel Dumfries. Referee Zwayer dismissed the initial penalty claims, only to reverse his decision after consulting the VAR and reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor.

Kane made no mistake from the spot, much to the ire of Van Hooijdonk, who represented the Netherlands in two European Championships. Post-match, he expressed his outrage to the Dutch press: "They can thank Felix Zwayer," he said.

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"He really needs to be blacklisted. Terrible. Also in the second half... A duel with Cody Gakpo where he simply blew his whistle again, ten meters from the linesman. Those are moments that were crucial in this match.

"We can talk about it at length, but if you're going to award a penalty for this. Then you could end up with eight of them on the spot in the final. Really terrible."

Adding to the Dutch dismay, Liverpool star and Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk also criticized the refereeing, stating that Zwayer's behavior post-match "says it all". When questioned by beIN SPORTS about the penalty, Van Dijk admitted, "I don't know what to say.

Denzel Dumfries was deemed to have fouled Harry Kane for the penalty

(Image: Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/Getty Images)

"I don't know if I should say something about this, but I said it outside to our Dutch media. I think it says it all that the referee went in quite quickly after the game. We had no time to shake his hand, but it is what it is.

"The game is done, we lost and it's very tough to take. Certain moments obviously should have gone our way and it didn't, but whatever. It's difficult to accept this. I'm emotional, it's been a very long and tough year and we had a big dream that we felt like we could have achieved here as a team.

"They keep changing certain things, making small changes that could have big impacts. But maybe it would be a good thing that they could be held accountable, let them come here and speak to you guys and explain themselves like we have to explain ourselves when we do something wrong."

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