The petition was posted on the French website Les Lignes Bougent by an aggrieved fan of Blues, who protested against a perceived injustice at the end of the penalty shoot-out, who Switzerland won 5-4 eliminate the world champions from the tournament.
“During the penalty shoot-out in the France-Switzerland game, goalkeeper Sommer was not on his line when Mbappe shot,” reads the petition, addressed directly to UEFA. “We demand the cancellation of the qualification of Switzerland and therefore to replay the match. The sport must be played within the rules and that evening the rules were not respected.”
Surprisingly, the petition drew 270,000 signatures from equally outraged French supporters. The message received a lot of media attention in France and Switzerland, and even prompted UEFA to request an official response.
There was one minor issue, however: reruns of Mbappe’s thwarted penalty show that Sommer’s rear foot was indeed firmly planted on the line as the Paris Saint Germain the attacker hit the ball.
Sommer’s stoppage saw Switzerland advance to the quarter-finals of a major international tournament for the first time since the 1954 World Cup, which it hosted.
As per UEFA protocol, Mbappe’s penalty was carefully checked by VAR before the end of the match was officially reported, further undermining the argument behind the petition. This led Les Lignes Bougent to contact Pierre to discuss the withdrawal of the petition.
“We spoke with the author of the petition to find out what action he wanted to take on his petition and he told us that he preferred to stop him”, read a blog post on the site. “Let’s be a good sportsman. The Swiss have well deserved their victory and the French do not have to be ashamed to fight to the end!”
Football has been the catalyst for numerous petitions and futile online campaigns in recent years, many of which have been launched by supporters seeking to right perceived wrongs.
Fans of France certainly get in shape when it comes to spirited post-match petitions. Over 100,000 Blues Supporters signed a petition to replay the Euro 2016 final after seeing their team lose to Portugal. Few details have been offered other than the rather unfounded claim that Portugal somehow “cheated” and therefore “did not deserve to lift the trophy”.
“GET IT OUT.”
Liverpool fans have started a petition to fire the VAR official in charge of Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Everton. pic.twitter.com/OlFDYZ77Z2
– ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) October 19, 2020
Liverpool fans have a long and rich history of creating petitions, whether against the decisions of referees, VAR officials, rival clubs or Sergio ramos… or even drop Michael Owen as club ambassador for referring to Manchester United like us. ”Indeed, Reds supporters have become so notorious for their tantrums that a counter-petition was even launched in 2018, which sought to ban Liverpool fans from launching more petitions.
What do you think they are smoking over there in Emirates?
– John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) July 24, 2013
Liverpool fans found themselves on the other side of the fence in 2013 when Arsenal supporters have started a petition in a desperate attempt to get a deal signed Luis Suarez placeholder image. It all started with the Gunners filing their infamous ‘£ 40million + £ 1’ offer to trigger Suarez’s release clause, only for Liverpool to reject the approach with the club’s main owner. John W. Henry tweeting: “What do you think they’re smoking over in Emirates?” This led Arsenal fans launch a campaign “Free Luis Suarez”, dedicated to helping Uruguay the striker leaves Anfield. Suarez finally did this a year later, although instead of North London he was Barcelona that he made his next destination.
– adidas Football (@adidasfootball) May 15, 2018
Juventus fans, disgusted by images of their club’s 2018-19 outfit, flocked to sign a petition after taking umbrage at the large black “Jeep” sponsor patch on the shirt. Over 17,000 suitably disgusted Bianconeri supporters signed the Change.org petition, imploring the club to redesign the logo – but alas, to no avail.
A few days before the 2016 Champions League final, a petition entitled “Sports justice” appeared in Spain demanding that real Madrid being stripped of five of his European Cup titles.
Real had to face Atletico Madrid in the final and potentially claim a record 11th European title, although the petition claimed that the five cups won by the club between 1955 and 1966 were canceled because the competition then did not represent the same level of excellence needed to win the Champions League today.
Unsurprisingly, UEFA declined to respond to the request.