Bukayo Saka was cynically dragged to the ground by Giorgio Chiellini during England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy – and the dastardly pull on Saka’s shirt has sparked a hilarious reaction on social media with a flurry of memes.
The teenager nipped past the veteran defender and looked to be on the break for England in the dying moments of the game.
He was stopped in his tracks though when the veteran defender forcefully hauled him back and down to the ground by the scruff of his shirt.
Bukayo Saka was cynically pulled to the ground by Giorgio Chiellini when on the break
The incident has sparked a hilarious reaction on Twitter with memes doing the rounds
The 36-year-old Italian offered his hand out to Saka, who initially was understandably less than impressed, but eventually embraced his opponent.
The majority of the memes show Chiellini saving the England winger from various situations, with one of him flying through the air as Superman stopping Saka from dropping to the ground.
One user posted the caption ‘the lives that Chiellini saves,’ with images of the Italian as Superman stopping Saka from falling to the ground, preventing the England winger from falling off a cliff and also going into lava.
There were others of him preventing Saka from walking into the road and falling off a building.
Others took a different approach, with one showing Saka getting his shirt caught on a door handle, while another portrayed the incident as a Vincent van Gogh painting.
There were several showing Chiellini saving Saka from differing situations
Heartbreakingly, England lost the final to Italy in their first major final appearance in 55 years.
Others used England’s misfortune as inspiration, with one having the caption ‘football’ written over Saka, with Chiellini preventing the Arsenal forward from ‘going home’.
Similar to that, there was another of Chiellini stopping Saka from grabbing the European Championship trophy.
Others took a different approach, including Saka getting his shirt caught in a door handle
One portrayed the incident as a painting by the great artist Vincent van Gogh
After the challenge Chiellini was given a yellow card, though some English supporters wanted the defender to be punished more severely.
The night ended in a heartbreaking way for Saka, who has been one of England’s stars throughout the tournament.
Saka missed the fifth and deciding penalty, which was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, as Italy were crowned European champions at Wembley.
Saka was frustrated at first by Chiellini but eventually embraced the Italian defender