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So bitter! German commentator hits out at England’s ‘joke penalty’ – ‘More like a dive!’

Johannes Mittermeier, FOCUS online editor, insisted the “VAR experiment has failed” after Raheem Sterling won a penalty that resulted in Harry Kane converting the winning goal in extra time to make it 2-1 at Wembley. Writing for the German website, Mr Mittermeier said: “A penalty kick, which many thought was ridiculous or even scandalous, helped England win against Denmark and get into the European Championship final.

“The fact that the video referee did not intervene because he did not want to, was not able to or was not allowed to, allows only one conclusion given the dimension of this decision: The VAR experiment has failed.”

The German commentator admitted England “deserves” its place in the final, saying the Three Lions were the “more dominant, better and dangerous team” in the semi-final.

But he condemned the semi-final being “decided in such an absurd way, by a highly controversial, highly complimentary, for many ridiculous or even scandalous foul penalty kick”.

Mr Mittermeier went as far as to say the VAR “failed at the most critical scene of the tournament”.

He said: “Common sense, colleagues!

“Sterling was simply not fouled. It was more like a dive. Period.

“Technical means must lead to a clarification of the situation – as an aid for the referee, not as an overly didactic corrective.”

Mr Mittermeier concluded by calling for VAR to be scrapped.

READ MORE: Gary Neville accused of ‘inappropriate political statement’

Last night saw Gareth Southgate’s team secure victory sending them to their first major tournament final in more than half a century.

Prince William, Boris Johnson and David Beckham were among 60,000 supporters inside Wembley.

Denmark took an unlikely lead only to concede an own goal equaliser 10 minutes later.

Skipper Kane bundled home the rebound after his extra-time penalty had been saved.

England’s victory means the men’s team will play in their first major final since the 1966 World Cup, which they won.

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.

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UFC commentator Joe Rogan to be canceled after he clashes with Fauci

A White House communications chief and Dr Anthony Fauci, Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, have dismissed claims by Joe Rogan that healthy young people do not need a vaccine – amid angry calls for the UFC pundit to be canceled.

Spotify superstar Rogan reiterated his views that young people can protect themselves against Covid-19 by exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet, adding that his own children had experienced “nothing” after contracting the virus that has swept the US to devastating effect.

Known to UFC fans for his hyperbolic commentary and sycophantic post-fight interviews, Rogan used his chart-topping show to put himself at loggerheads with health supremo Fauci and the new Biden administration, advising youngsters not to take the jabs that are being heavily promoted across the world.

“If you’re 21 years old and you say to me, ‘should I get vaccinated?’ I’ll go, ‘No,’” Rogan said on his podcast, whipping up a storm on news networks and social media.

“If you’re a healthy person and you’re exercising all the time and you’re young and you’re eating well, I don’t think you need to worry about this. But there are a lot of jobs that will tell you that you need to do this.

“Even saying ‘I’m not going to inject my child’ is controversial. It’s crazy. We’re not even talking about the flu.”

He added of the potential threat to children: “I can tell you… both my children got the virus. It was nothing. One of the kids had a headache, the other didn’t feel good for a couple of days.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just updated its guidelines to relax measures for people who have been vaccinated, and White House communications director Kate Bedingfield said the former MMA fighter was insufficiently informed to comment on the pandemic.

“I guess my first question would be, ‘did Joe Rogan become a medical doctor while we weren’t looking?’” she told CNN. “I’m not sure that taking scientific and medical advice from Joe Rogan is perhaps the most productive way for people to get their information.”

Rogan has consistently said that general good health should be promoted as much as masks and vaccines. “That’s incorrect,” Fauci told Today, when asked whether young people did not need to be vaccinated.

Addressing people who share Rogan’s viewpoint, he warned: “You’re talking about yourself in a vacuum. If you want to only worry about yourself, and not society, then that’s OK.”

Rogan’s comments drew fury towards the host and the UFC on Twitter, including calls for him to be sanctioned.

“‘Don’t do anything stupid’, says the guy who was just at a full-capacity UFC event,” seethed one, while another nameched the UFC president by saying: “It seems he’s ‘roided his brain into 90 percent muscle living in Dana White’s world.

“Most of the UFC is right-wing whack. They’re susceptible to alternative facts where people who actually study subjects know less than morons.”

Among his many backers, a Rogan fan said: “I’m with dude. I’m not injecting something experimental into my children’s veins, and it is amazing that people are pretending to be mad at that fact.”

A fellow follower claimed: “They’ve tried at least 15 times to cancel Rogan. It ain’t happening. His audience is anti-woke and we’re not going anywhere.”

Fox host Tucker Carlsen supports Rogan. “If you’ve got the vaccine, why is other peoples’ refusal to get the vaccine a problem for you?” he asked in response, questioning the government’s drive to vaccinate every citizen.

“Do people who’ve slimmed down from gastric bypass yell at fat people on the street? You wouldn’t think so. It’s not really their business.”

That only seemed to incite more rage. “If you wanted to know about UFC fighting or white supremacist replacement theory, then I would say that Joe Rogan and Tucker Carlson have you totally covered,” retorted one critic. “Vaccination, protecting from viral spread and herd immunity, not so much.”

The underlying suspicion of MMA was exemplified by one viewer. “Joe Rogan has always been a piece of sh*t,” they thundered.

“Always remember: if a person is connected to MMA, UFC, etc then there’s a 95 per cent chance that they’re either racist, bigoted, anti-science or sexist. They can be more than one because they can chew gum and drag their knuckles at the same time.”

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Murray Walker dead: Legendary F1 commentator dies aged 97

Murray Walker, aptly nicknamed the voice of F1 for his years of service to the sport as a commentator, has passed away at the age of 97. Walker enjoyed a 52-year-long TV commentary career which saw him become a regular voice in British households.
Murray got his big break in motorsport commentary by following in the footsteps of his father, Graham Walker.

The pair became the first father-and-son sports commentary pair from 1949 to 1962 as they lent their voices to a host of British motorsport events.

Murray Walker eventually made the transition into F1 commentary in the 1970s, before going full-time for the 1978 season.

He would go on to become one of the most iconic commentary figures in Britain and earned a reputation for his amusing ‘Murrayisms’.

His excitable nature came across during his commentary which F1 fans still remember fondly to this day.

Walker was joined by the likes of James Hunt, Jackie Stewart and Martin Brundle in the commentary box throughout his career.

And his final full-time Formula One television commentary came at the 2001 United States Grand Prix with the likes of Michael Schumacher and Bernie Ecclestone attending a dinner to mark the end of Walker’s career in commentary.

He continued to work on small projects around F1 until only a few years ago due to ill health.

Tributes for Walker quickly flooded social media after the British Racing Drivers’ Club confirmed that he had passed away.

Their statement read: “It’s with great sadness we share the news of the passing of BRDC Associate Member Murray Walker OBE.