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Is UEFA being too harsh on Jude Bellingham, or did he really cross the line?

England had an unforgettable outing last night as the Three Lions escaped from the jaws of defeat. This looked grim for the team as they were down by 1-0 with just a minute to play in the Euro 2024 Round of 16 clash against Slovakia. However, in what is perhaps the goal of the tournament, Jude Bellingham found the back of the net with a phenomenal bicycle kick to pull his side back into the game.

While England might have survived thanks to Jude Bellingham‘s heroics, it seems like the player has found himself in trouble following his actions. According to reports, the midfielder is facing a disciplinary investigation over a potential breach of the “basic rules of decent conduct”. It’s been added that the player made an obscene gesture after scoring the equalizer and could be fined for doing so.

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UEFA has already issued a statement on the matter with the governing body stating the investigation will be carried out internally and information on this matter will be made available in due course.

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Meanwhile, Jude Bellingham has defended his actions as the player justified his obscene gesture following the game. The Englishman stated, “(The gesture was) an inside joke gesture towards some close friends who were at the game. Nothing but respect for how that Slovakia team played tonight.”

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Jude was also quizzed about his celebration after the game with the player shouting “Who else?” after equalizing for England. Many fans labeled this as arrogant, claiming the player was absent for the first 95 minutes of the game.

Jude Bellingham defends his fiery celebration

The Englishman defended himself following the game when quizzed about his fiery celebration. Bellingham stated, “At times, it is quite difficult. There is really high, intense pressure. The fans expect a lot from us regardless of what happened in recent tournaments, years and years ago, so people talk a lot, and you do have to take it personally a little bit.”

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He then added, “We work so hard at this game, we come in every day and train so hard to put on performances for the fans, but sometimes it doesn’t go well, and sometimes it feels like there’s a bit of a ‘pile on’, which is not nice to hear. But you can always use it and for moments like that, it is nice to kind of throw it back to some people, I suppose.”

Considering the scrunt there has been around England, it does not hurt for players to express their emotions probably once in a while. Jude Bellingham was undoubtedly the star of the show for England last night and it doesn’t hurt for a player to be confident when he’s delivering the goods.