ITALY have qualified for Euro 2024 – but only after Mykhailo Mudryk was denied a late ‘stonewall’ penalty for Ukraine.
The reigning European champions secured the point they needed when they held Ukraine to a goalless draw.
That result was enough to finish Group C second behind England, who drew 1-1 in North Macedonia.
Ukraine were controversially denied a penalty against Italy in the 92nd minute after a VAR review as they will not take part in Euro 2024.
The Three Lions topped the game by 20 points and Italy finished ahead of tonight’s opponents, who finished with the same score of 14.
However, the Azzurri’s place in next summer’s top game in Germany was secured due to their direct record.
But just as the game ended in the third minute of extra time, Ukraine believed they should have had a chance to win the game.
Following a VAR review, they were denied a penalty after Italian Bryan Cristante appeared to foul Chelsea winger Mudryk in the penalty area.
Ukrainians were, of course, furious about the decision – but scores of football fans around the world were also furious after seeing footage of the challenge and soon showed their anger on social media.
“Terrible decision-making here,” declared one angry supporter.
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Another asked: “Why didn’t VAR give this?”
“This is a terrible decision. “Ukraine was treated by the video referee there,” complained another viewer.
Another fan called it “shocking” and claimed it was “100 percent a punishment.”
“Absolute blockade,” said another fan, while another supporter described the decision as “chaos” on social media.
“Stonewaller,” said another, while another raged: “Football really sucks. Absolutely ridiculous decision.”
And another viewer added: “This is completely scandalous.”