Scotland fans FUME after Stuart Armstrong was denied ‘stonewall penalty’ against Hungary as Steve Clarke’s side crash out of Euro 2024

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  • Fans have fumed at the decision after Stuart Armstrong was brought down
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Scotland fans have vented their anger on social media after being denied what many believe was a blatant penalty in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat against Hungary.

The Scots crashed out of Euro 2024 as Hungary scored late to inflict a late defeat that means they finish bottom of Group A following a dismal tournament campaign.

Steve Clarke’s battling Scotland side went all-out for victory that would have put them in a strong position to qualify with a third place group finish, underwhelming in the first-half before improving in the second.

Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi didn’t have to make a single save during the match as Scotland failed to find the target, but looked set to be called into action when Scott Mctominay’s pass was rolled into Stuart Armstrong’s path in the 79th minute.

Southampton midfielder Armstrong burst into the box before being brought down by Hungary defender Willi Orban who made definite contact with his opponent.

Scotland fans have vented their anger on social media after being denied what many believe was a blatant penalty in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat against Hungary

Scotland midfielder Stuart Armstrong (right) was brought down in the box by Willi Orban (left)

Scotland midfielder Stuart Armstrong (right) was brought down in the box by Willi Orban (left)

Armstrong was left on his back after Orban smashed into the Scotland midfielder inside the box

Armstrong was left on his back after Orban smashed into the Scotland midfielder inside the box

Armstrong tried to protect the ball with his body when a sprinting Orban went flying into the back of the Scotland star, taking out his left knee and getting in a tangle as both hit the deck.

Replays showed very little evidence to not award a penalty, but Argentinian referee Facundo Tello immediately waved away appeals from Scotland players led by Andy Robertson.

VAR quickly reviewed the incident but again ruled no further action needed by taken, much to the displeasure of Scotland fans who were left aghast at being denied a scoring chance from the spot.

Posting on X, one Scotland fan said: ‘One of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen! It’s an absolute stonewall pen! How has VAR not intervened?’.

Argentinian referee Facundo Tello immediately waved away appeals from Scotland players

Argentinian referee Facundo Tello immediately waved away appeals from Scotland players

Another similarly added: ‘Absolutely brutal way to be knocked out the tournament. We didn’t help ourselves tonight but how that isn’t a pen on Armstrong I’ll never know.’

Arsenal and England icon Ian Wright echoed similar frustration, adding: ‘Surely that’s a penalty!!!’.

Meanwhile, England legend Alan Shearer also criticised the decision, telling the BBC at full-time: ‘They were very rarely a threat. We were hoping rather than expecting.

‘What I would say is the penalty decision was terrible. For me it was a penalty all day.’

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