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Kasper Schmeichel strongly denies making “total rubbish” comments about Raheem Sterling

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“It’s total rubbish.”

Kasper Schmeichel has strongly denied saying that Raheem Sterling made a “clear dive” in the Euro 2020 semi-final between Denmark and England.

Schmeichel was part of the Denmark team that lost 2-1 to England after extra time, thanks largely to a penalty that was given for a foul against Sterling.

Kasper Schmeichel: “Quote about Raheem Sterling is total rubbish.”

The Leicester City stopper initially saved Harry Kane’s resultant spot-kick before the Tottenham striker fired in the rebound, setting up a final with Italy which England lost on penalties.

A post was shared widely over the weekend which claimed that Schmeichel said: “I didn’t care that Italy won, but I didn’t want England to win due to the bad refereeing during our semi-final. My heart still bleeds because I personally witnessed Sterling diving. It was a clear dive.”

Schmeichel has tweeted this morning to deny the accusation, posting to say: ”Not sure where this “quote” has come from over the past few days. It’s total rubbish. I never said that and shame on these “news” sites for posting it with no source.’

“It’s not a penalty.”

Schmeichel spent much of his childhood in England, while his father kept goal for Manchester United, and has gone on to represent a total of eight clubs in the English league system.

You can see why he wouldn’t be happy about such a provocative quote being attributed to him but since that semi-final defeat he has come out to say that Dutch referee Danny Makkelie “made a big mistake” on the night.

“He made a really big mistake on the penalty and this will be debated for a long, long time. It’s a hard one to take because it’s not a penalty,” Schmeichel said in the aftermath of the game.

During the same penalty incident, the 34-year-old was targeted by laser pointers in the Wembley crowd as he prepared to stop Kane’s shot.

Uefa has since fined the English Football Association €30,000 for the use of laser pointers, disturbances during the national anthems and setting of fireworks” on the night.

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