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Football European Championship 2024: UEFA investigates Jude Bellingham over gesture

Football European Championship 2024: UEFA investigates Jude Bellingham over gesture
Football European Championship 2024: UEFA investigates Jude Bellingham over gesture

Jude Bellingham has hinted at grabbing his crotch after his decisive goal against Slovakia. This could have consequences for more than just him.

England’s world-class player Jude Bellingham has explained his obscene gesture after the dream goal that made it 1-1 in the round of 16 thriller against Slovakia and defended himself against criticism. The 21-year-old Real Madrid professional shared a video via X in which he was accused of his implied groin grab being directed at the opponent’s bench and wrote: “That was an inside shot at a few of my friends who were in the stadium. Nothing but respect for Slovakia and how they played today.”

Nevertheless, the European football association UEFA has initiated disciplinary proceedings against the English international. The continental association announced on Monday that it is investigating whether the 21-year-old violated the rules of conduct with his obscene gesture. If Bellingham is punished, he could face consequences for the upcoming quarter-finals.

Jude Bellingham explains gesture at European Championships

In the 2-1 win after extra time, Bellingham saved the Three Lions from elimination in Gelsenkirchen on Sunday with an overhead kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time. In addition to his message, he captioned the video, which he later shared, with two smileys: a red X and a yawning face. “You are 30 seconds away from going home feeling like you’ve let an entire nation down. And in 30 seconds and with one shot, everything can change.” If the team does not improve significantly, the next game against Switzerland could be England’s last at this European Championship – with or without Bellingham.

Source: Stern

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