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Euro 2020 fans rage as ITV Hub crashes for France vs Switzerland

Football fans have been left furious after ITV Hub crashed in the opening minutes of France’s Euro 2020 match against Switzerland. Online viewers missed Haris Seferovic’s opening goal, with their screens frozen on Switzerland taking a corner in the fourth minute.

ITV’s coverage of the tournament has been widely praised, but the broadcaster’s credit in the bank took a hit on Monday night.

After a brilliant 5-3 win for Spain over Croatia, fans tuned in to watch the second last-16 tie of the evening at 8pm.

But they were not treated to Switzerland’s shock opening goal, because their screens were stuck on the Swiss left-back Ricardo Rodriguez preparing to take a corner three minutes and 23 seconds into the match.

That meant Seferovic’s textbook header from eight yards following a run and cross from Steven Zuber in the 15th minute was missed by thousands, who then took to Twitter to voice their displeasure.

“This game is so exciting. ITV hub letting me watch this corner for 10 minutes in a row,” one fan wrote.

“I’ve heard of time wasting but Ricardo Rodriguez taking 10 minutes to take a corner in the 3rd minute is taking the p**s. Cheers ITV hub,” said another.

“Rumour has it, switzerland are still taking the corner over on the itv hub,” wrote one.

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That statement did not go down well with football-hungry fans, though.

“Any apologies? Do you care? That poor bloke has had to take that corner 3,257 times because of you guys,” a fan replied.

“Just let @BBCiPlayer host all the games, it’s far better,” said another. “You can even go backwards on the stream on iPlayer, far superior imo.”

“Well done on realising this in a record-breaking 30 minutes during a popular live broadcast! Speedy,” said another.

“Scrap the whole thing and rebuild with HD and UHD capability and do the same with Britbox too. Both of your services are shambolic and so behind the competition,” said a comment.

“Glad BBC is showing the England vs Germany,” said another fan.

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Gareth Bale raises major transfer question as Wales are held by Switzerland at Euro 2020

It was a quiet afternoon for Bale in Baku as Wales struggled to break down Switzerland throughout proceedings.

His most notable contribution was a free-kick delivery on the half hour mark which drifted out of play, with no one able to make a connection with the cross into the box.

The 31-year-old was the star of the show for Wales at Euro 2016, scoring three goals and providing one assist as the Dragons shocked the footballing world by reaching the semi-finals of the tournament.

But Bale showed no signs of grabbing the game by the scruff of its neck as he did at the previous tournament, with Daniel James offering more of a threat throughout the game.

October 2019 was the last time that Bale scored for his national side, a further reminder that the influence of the Wales captain is on the decline.

Potential buyers will not have been inspired by this display and could be having second thoughts over considering a deal.

Madrid will be keen to shift Bale out of the club this summer, the question is whether or not the interest will be there.

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They're fuming! MEP lashes out at Switzerland after seven-year battle for deal collapses

Switzerland yesterday pulled out of talks, sparking a furious response from jilted EU officials. One MEP has warned Switzerland will now have to “pick up the pieces” of the failed negotiations, as relations plummet with the state – which isn’t a member of the EU. Andreas Schwab, chair of the EU-Switzerland inter-parliamentary delegation, has condemned the current arrangement and warned collaboration between the two will suffer.

The EU Commission also released a statement claiming the current deal with Switzerland is out of date and needs to be changed.

Mr Schwab told Politico: “As long as the domestic narrative is nurtured that the EU works against the Swiss interests, it will be difficult to collaborate closely.

“No problem is solved through the outright rejection.

“The Swiss negotiating team will now have to pick up the pieces.”

Switzerland rejected the deal over the EU’s demand to have full access to its internal job market.

If agreed, this would’ve allowed non-Swiss citizens the ability to have social security rights in the country.

The EU had hoped to secure one overarching treaty to replace the 120 separate bilateral agreements which include a 50-year-old trade deal.

A Commission statement claimed the failure of the talks will stop the trade relationship from modernising.

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“This agreement would have allowed for a consolidation of the bilateral approach and ensured its sustainability and further development.

“Already today, they are not up to speed for what the EU and Swiss relationship should and could be.”

As the country is not part of the EU or its customs union, Switzerland can negotiate its own trade deals.

Although Switzerland rejected the deal, the EU still remains its most important trading partner with the country exporting 42 percent of its goods to the bloc.

Despite the important relationship, Swiss voters rejected free movement and in 2014 also backed a restriction to EU immigration although 1.4 million EU citizens live in the state.

The country’s President Guy Parmelin insisted the state could not allow increased access into Switzerland’s internal market.

He said: “The Federal Council today took the decision not to sign the agreement, and communicated this decision to the EU.

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