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Marc Cucurella loudly booed during Spain vs France at Euros for unusual reason

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Marc Cucurella was loudly booed during Spain’s Euro 2024 clash with France, with neutral Germany supporters taking aim at the defender over a controversial handball decision earlier in the tournament

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Spain defender Marc Cucurella was loudly booed by supporters in Munich as his side faced France in the semi-finals of Euro 2024.

And it seems Cucurella was being targeted by Germany fans who had bought tickets in the hope of seeing their side in action. However, the hosts were knocked out by Spain in the quarter-finals and there was a controversial incident involving Cucurella during that match.

The game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, with Mikel Merino scoring the winner for Spain in extra-time. Germany, though, felt aggrieved that they were not awarded a penalty when a Jamal Musiala shot struck Cucurella’s hand inside the box in extra-time.

Referee Anthony Taylor waved away Germany’s protests and manager Julian Nagelsmann criticised the decision after the game, suggesting the handball law should be changed. “I don’t want to talk too much about it, but it would be nice if it would be assessed what is the intention,” he said.

“It’s not possible in football if someone shoots into the stand and hits a hand, it’s never [a penalty], but when [the ball is] clearly going towards goal and hits a hand, you can’t talk about intention.

“You have to see where the shot is aimed. We have 50 robots bringing us coffee, so there should be an AI calculating crosses, shots, where they are going. It’s quite simple. We should really assess where the shot is going, but that is not the only reason we lost the game.”

Former Germany captain Michael Ballack, meanwhile, fumed on Magenta TV: “All the criteria for a penalty are met. The arm is outstretched, a clear advantage, and yet there will be experts who see it differently.”

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