‘IS IT FAIR?’: Harry Marguire has ‘crazy reaction’ ahead of the ref’s controversial penalty decision in clash between England vs North Macedonia

England - Sky Sports FootballThe Three Lions’ dismal stalemate in Skopje at the end of their qualifying campaign came after they had already guaranteed a spot in the summer 2024 competition for Europe.Just before halftime, Rico Lewis, playing for the first time for England, was ruled to have fouled Bojan Miovski inside the box, giving North Macedonia the lead. England's Harry Maguire reacts during the 1-1 draw in North Macedonia.The teenage player for Manchester City leaped to head the ball, barely making touch with the striker with his outstretched arm.After being instructed by VAR to examine the incident on the pitch-side monitor, referee Filip Glova first signaled that play may continue. He then pointed from the spot.Enis Bardhi scored on the rebound after Jordan Pickford saved the penalty.Maguire had given the ball straight to North Macedonia before the incidentHarry Kane, who came off the bench to help force an own goal just before the hour mark, helped England salvage a draw.Maguire, a defender for Manchester United who knocked over Elif Elmas in the first half and was maybe fortunate not to give up a penalty himself, was incensed with the decision.He Sky Sports: “It was a challenging match.” Maguire was somewhat fortunate not to concede a penaltyWe gave them a goal, or rather, the referee awarded them one, and it’s difficult to score goals here.However, the boys shown excellent character; they are still developing. We fought hard, and on another day, we won the game handily.”And Maguire was maybe fortunate not to give a penalty awayWe had a few moments where we were a little careless with the ball, myself included, but we moved forward. We controlled the game from start to finish.”He went on, “It was a crazy decision” on the penalty decision. Rico Lewis was punished for this trailing armIt’s becoming more difficult for defenders, as I’ve been saying for months.”We are playing against very good players, and you are not allowed to extend your arms, move your body, or make contact.”It makes things too difficult. Rico performed admirably following that, in my opinion, even though there was never a penalty.

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