Euro 2024 semi-final: France – Spain: Spectators consistently boo Marc Cucurella

EM Semi-final against France

Spectators consistently boo the handballing Spaniard

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Marc Cucurella felt the anger of the spectators in the European Championship semi-final against France. The Spaniard was massively booed in Munich after his unpunished handball against Germany – or perhaps because of his succinct handling of the issue.

DThe spectators in Munich were unforgiving at the European Championship semi-final between Spain and France on Tuesday evening (click here for the live ticker). There were loud whistles as soon as the Spanish anthem was announced before the start of the game. During the game, Marc Cucurella felt the displeasure from the stands.

From the kick-off, the Spaniard was loudly whistled and booed every time he touched the ball. The 25-year-old from Chelsea FC had been the subject of massive discussions in the days before. During the 2-1 win after extra time in the quarter-finals against hosts Germany, Cucurella stopped a shot by Jamal Musiala in the penalty area with his hand. His arm was visibly spread away from his body.

Audience boos Spain’s Cucurella every time he touches the ball

The Spanish national team advances to the European Championship final against France. Spain’s Cucurella, who caused heated discussions with his handball against Germany, is booed by the crowd every time he touches the ball during the semi-final.

However, the English referee Anthony Taylor did not award a penalty and, as the video referee did not intervene, the game continued with the score at 1:1. Shortly before the end of extra time, Spain scored the decisive 2:1.

Booing Cucurella for not blowing the whistle may seem pointless. But perhaps some fans also disliked his rather terse handling of the issue. When the defender was asked about the incident days after the game, he said that he was just a player. “If the referee says it’s not handball, then of course I respect that as a player,” explained Cucurella and laughed.

Quarter-final exit – Germany’s drama against Spain

The dream of a fourth European Championship triumph after 1972, 1980 and 1996 did not come true for the Germans. The team lost 2-1 after extra time to Spain in the quarter-finals of the European Championship and was eliminated. Watch the highlights in the video here.

“Then it is not handball…”

When asked about referee experts who also did not judge the scene to be handball, he said: “If you tell me the referee experts say it is not handball, then it is not handball.”

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Most likely, however, Cucurella had to pay the price for the fact that thousands of Germans in the stands had been eagerly awaiting the rare pleasure of being able to personally watch the DFB team play in a European Championship semi-final. This dream was shattered, partly at Cucurella’s hand.

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The Spanish fans reacted to the boos in Munich and initiated several chants of “Cucurella”. He was also loudly and demonstratively cheered from his own stands.



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