'I grabbed him good' – Laughing Chiellini relives blatant shirt pull on 'wriggling' Saka from Euro 2020 final | The Sun
A LAUGHING Giorgio Chiellini has relived his dirty foul on Bukayo Saka from the final of Euro 2020, admitting: I grabbed him good.
It was one of the key moments from the Wembley showpiece and possibly denied the Three Lions their first tournament win since the 1966 World Cup.
It came with just seconds left on the clock and the scores level at 1-1.
Arsenal man Saka broke free of the Italian veteran and was set to bear down on goal.
But Chiellini had other ideas and outrageously pulled the England man's shirt to haul him down.
Looking back at the moment, the Italian said: "This became the symbol of Euro 2020 as whole. The most heavily used meme of summer 2021.
READ MORE ON ENGLAND
Southgate’s side BOOED off by kids on free tickets in Nations League
The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners
"It was probably one of the only mistakes I made during the Euros.
"It was in the 90th minute and I'd read the flight of the ball, thinking I could shepherd it out of play when really I could have controlled it.
"But I was convinced I could put my body between Saka and the ball and let it go out of play.
"But he wriggled round me."
Most read in Euro 2020
British Soap Awards shock as Emmerdale & EastEnders beat Coronation Street
EastEnders Danielle Harold and Corrie’s Sally Carman wear SAME jumpsuit
Andy Carroll & Billi Mucklow look glum on honeymoon after stag do snap
I was a lobster-eating millionaire at 6, now I'm 15 you'll be stunned by my wealth
FREE BETS AND SIGN UP DEALS – BEST NEW CUSTOMER OFFERS
A laughing Chiellini continued: "When he wriggled round from behind and had that space to run into my reaction was to grab him.
"And I grabbed him good!"
Chiellini escaped with just a booking and the match would go to extra-time and eventually penalties in which Italy triumphed 3-2.
Saka refused to shake his hand after the match.
The sides met again last night for the first time since that match as the sides laboured to a 0-0 draw in the Nations League.
Source: Read Full Article