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Euro 2020: Jorginho accused of faking injury to avoid red card for Jack Grealish foul

Jorginho avoided a red card for a nasty foul on Jack Grealish

Jorginho avoided a red card for a nasty foul on Jack Grealish (BBC)

Jorginho was accused of faking an injury in order to escape a red card for a foul on Jack Grealish in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.

In the second half of extra time, Jorginho went in for a challenge with Grealish and although he made contact with the ball, the Italian midfielder’s studs crashed into his opponent’s thigh.

Grealish immediately screamed out in pain, while Jorginho took a quick look at the England midfielder’s reaction before he fell to ground and clutched his knee.

Both players received medical attention, while Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers gave a yellow card to Jorginho.

But former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas believes Jorginho pretended to be injured in order to avoid a more severe punishment.

‘His foot deflects off the ball and catches Jack right on the top of his knee,’ Jenas said during commentary for the BBC.

Jorginho went down injured after his foul on Jack Grealish

Jorginho went down injured after his foul on Jack Grealish (AFP via Getty)

‘He’s [Grealish] is fuming. It’s not a great challenge, it’s a poor challenge, he’s gone with his studs, it’s a shocking challenge in the end.

‘Seeing it over and over again and the angle he’s gone in with his studs. It’s a terrible challenge.

When I saw him [Jorginho] get up and then throw himself back down to the ground I thought, ‘you’ve done something wrong here’.’

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