Italy Fan Gets Tattoo Celebrating Chiellini’s Foul Against Saka
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In last Sunday's final against England, Giorgio Chiellini stopped Bukayo Saka going forward by grabbing his shirt, pulling him backwards in a messy challenge.
The Italian captain was booked for the foul, although many fans believed he should have been given a red card for the offence - while some even demanded a rematch, with a petition garnering more than 142,000 signatures.
Unsurprisingly, however, Italy fans aren't quite so disapproving of what happened, including one who decided to immortalise the historic moment in ink.
In fact, the tat took things one step further, adding a trophy into the scene to make it look like Chiellini was literally pulling Saka away from the victory.
An Italian got this tattoo :sob::joy::sob: pic.twitter.com/klEVcgHw2I
- Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) July 17, 2021
A photo of the anonymous fan's tattoo was shared widely on social media, racking up thousands of likes and retweets.
One person commented: "I cannot lie, this is a1 s***housery lol."
Someone else said: "This was more or less the moment that solidified the trophy tbf, so it's worth it lmao."
A third added: "S*** housery at it's finest. Fair play."
One Italian fan has gone too far with this tattoo. :sob::broken_heart: pic.twitter.com/9xsIOFL8dH
- Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) July 17, 2021
Italy won the game 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes of action.
While many people criticised Chiellini for his foul, former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was full of praise for the defender.
Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: "What Chiellini did with Saka shows everything.
"He made his only mistake of the game, he lost the turn on the touchline. Saka was going: 'You are not going, you stay with me, the shirt is mine and you are not going'.
"He knows what he is doing. This is a top defender and a very clever guy. I played Juventus with Manchester United a couple of seasons ago, and after the game at Old Trafford, I said something like: 'These two guys should go to University of Sports and give lectures on how to be a central defender'."
A few days after England's defeat, Saka released a statement apologising for missing the final penalty - while also taking the opportunity to condemn the racist comments made against him and teammates Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.
Saka wrote: "There are no words to tell you how disappointed I was with the result and my penalty. I really believed we would win this for you.
"I'm sorry that we couldn't bring it home for you this year, but I promise you that we will give everything we've got to make sure this generation knows how it feels to win.
"My reaction post match said it all, I was hurting so much and I felt like I'd let you all and my England family down, but I can promise you this... I will not let that moment or the negativity that I've received this week break me."
He added: "There is no place for racism or hate of any kind in football or in any area of society and to the majority of people coming together to call out the people sending these messages, by taking action and reporting these comments to the police and by driving out the hate by being kind to one another, we will win. Love always wins."