It’s a weird feeling for England fans right now.
Their exit from the World Cup was no less devastating than usual but this time, it just seems different.
Of course, getting to a semi-final helped but there is more pride this time around and fans are already looking forward to England’s next match.
But, once again, there’s a tinge of ‘what if.’
Kieran Tripper gave the Three Lions a perfect start in their semi-final against Croatia with a superb free-kick.
But Ivan Perisic’s strike in the 68th-minute forced the match into extra-time.
And despite suggestions that the Croats would tire, they looked stronger as the tie went on and won it with 11 minutes left of extra-time thanks to Mario Mandzukic.
For 75 minutes, Croatia were the better side and England can have very few complaints.
At least this year, they couldn’t complain about any dubious refereeing decisions thanks to VAR.
However, some England fans are convinced that referee Cuneyt Cakir made a massive error on the night.
Many are sure Croatia midfielder Ante Rebic was booked twice.
Videos are going viral that appears to show him receiving a yellow card in both the 48th-minute and the 6th-minute of extra-time.
WAS REBIC BOOKED TWICE?
Even the ITV commentators believe that was the case - and the video has even racked up 27,000 shares on Facebook.
THERE'S AN EXPLANATION
However, there’s an explanation.
After Rebic fouled Kyle Walker in the 48th-minute, Cakir actually brandished a yellow card to Mandzukic for punching the ball away in anger. Rebic wasn’t booked for his foul despite what the commentators thought.
Therefore, when he fouled Danny Rose in extra-time, that was his first booking.
Those England fans demanding a rematch due to Rebic receiving two yellow cards finally know the truth…
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