Italy’s historic European Championship victory has been tainted by acts of shameless gamesmanship that have become instant memes.
The Italians emerged from an epic penalty shootout with a 3-2 win, breaking England’s hearts in the cruellest fashion.
Italy has now tasted Euro success for the first time since 1968 — but it is a result that has stuck in the throats of commentators across Europe.
A series of cynical acts went by with the referee too hesitant to issue direct red cards, despite fury from fans demanding fouls from some of Italy’s biggest stars to be punished with instant dismissals.
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