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Big blow for England! Jude Bellingham likely to be suspended from Euro 2024 Quarterfinal clash

Big blow for England! Jude Bellingham likely to be suspended from Euro 2024 Quarterfinal clash

Bellingham's obsecure celebration following his stellar bicycle kick goal against Slovakia has landed him in hot waters

Jude Bellingham is reportedly facing the possibility of missing England’s Euro 2024 quarter-final clash with Switzerland due to an “inside joke” goal celebration. Bellingham has denied allegations that he disrespected Slovakia fans after England’s dramatic UEFA Euro 2024 Round of 16 victory.

The Real Madrid star stepped up for the Three Lions during their tense match against Slovakia. Deep into stoppage time, Bellingham executed a stunning overhead kick that pushed the game into extra time, where record goal-scorer Harry Kane secured the winner.

How did Jude Bellingham celebrate?

After scoring the crucial equalizer, Bellingham went through several celebrations. One gesture, directed towards the stands, might land him in trouble. As he ran towards England fans, Bellingham was seen shouting, “Who else?!” Later, he was filmed walking with Kane, kissing his own hand, and grabbing his crotch while looking into the crowd. This led some to believe he was disrespecting Slovakia fans, but Bellingham quickly dismissed these claims.

What did Bellingham say?

The 21-year-old midfielder clarified his actions on social media, explaining that the gesture was an inside joke directed at close friends attending the game. “An inside joke gesture towards some close friends who were at the game. Nothing but respect for how that Slovakia team played tonight,” Bellingham posted.

Will Bellingham miss England vs Switzerland Euro 2024 Quarterfinal?

Despite his explanation, if Bellingham is handed a one-match ban, he will miss England’s quarter-final match against Switzerland. This would be a significant setback for Gareth Southgate’s team. Bellingham, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Saturday, has had an outstanding season with Real Madrid, winning La Liga and the Champions League. He also scored England’s sole goal in their group-stage opener, a 1-0 win over Serbia.

Missing Bellingham would be a huge blow to England’s aspirations in the tournament, given his crucial role and recent form. Southgate will be hoping that the authorities accept Bellingham’s explanation and allow him to play in the crucial quarter-final match against Switzerland.

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