EURO 2024: Steve Clarke wants European referees in Euros

Steve Clarke said UEFA should only use European referees in EURO 2024 after Scotland were denied a penalty in a 1-0 defeat to Hungary.

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Clarke wants European referees in Euros

Hungary substitute Kevin Csoboth ended Scotland’s round-of-16 hopes after sealing the deal with a breakaway goal in the 100th minute.

However, Clarke protested the non-award of a penalty in the 79th minute when Willi Orban brought down Stuart Armstrong in the box.

The Scotland boss quickly blamed Argentine referee Facundo Tello for not calling the penalty.

“[It was] 100 percent [a] penalty,” Clarke said. “Somebody somewhere has to explain to me why that’s not a penalty. It was, 100 percent. It is a one goal game, we get the penalty it would be a different night. I’ve got other words, but I’m not going to use them.”

When asked whether Tello’s nationality played a relevant factor, this was Clarke’s response.

“European competition, maybe it would be better to have a European referee. But we had European VAR and maybe the referee didn’t see the challenge clearly on the pitch.”

“So what’s the purpose of VAR if they are not going to come in on something like that? It was a penalty.”

Scotland finishes at the bottom of the Group C standings, and they will have to wait for their opportunity to enter the knockout stage for the first time in the country’s history.


Hungary also a victim of missed calls

Hungary coach Marco Rossi said his team had been a victim of missed calls at the tournament as well.

“In the previous match [against Germany], I say there was a clear foul on Willi Orban done by [Ilkay] Gundogan and nobody talked about it?”

“Why do you now have to talk about this episode? I didn’t see it well from the bench but if they didn’t give the penalty, probably the VAR room they have seen it was not a penalty. Also, because it is the European Championships, many pushes from the back are allowed.”