Giorgio Chiellini’s tug on Bukayo Saka turned into brutal tattoo

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Giorgio Chiellini came in for intense criticism from some quarters after he almost ripped the England shirt off the back of Bukayo Saka as he aimed to sprint away from the defender, but one fan has opted to get the moment immortalised in ink forever.

The Italy stalwart helped inspire the Azzurri to victory over England in the final of Euro 2020, but not without controversy after his cynical foul on teenager Saka, who would go on to miss the decisive spot-kick once the game went to penalties.

Italy's victory represented only their second ever European Championship title, their first dating back to 1968.

For England, the game will always feel like a missed opportunity, having taken the lead so early on before opting to sit back and try and hit their opponents on the counter, a tactic that failed as Italy equalised just after the hour mark to take the game to extra time.

The latter stages of the game passed by with little to note, bar Chiellini's brutal foul on Saka as the Arsenal winger had beaten the centre-back for pace on the touchline after the ball appeared to be heading out of play.

Yanking the 19-year-old back by the neck of his shirt, Saka's run was inevitably halted as Chiellini picked up a booking for his troubles, one he was more than happy to accept over the prospect of potentially conceding a goal.

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One hardcore member of the Azzurri faithful clearly enjoyed Chiellini's cynical exploits, as he has decided to get the image of the defender pulling Saka back by the collar tattooed on his arm.

To add further insult to injury to England fans who will undoubtedly hate the artwork, the fan opted to get the European Championship trophy added to the shot, so it appears as if Saka is striving to get his hands on it – only to be thwarted by Chiellini.

The image of Saka being forcibly pulled to the ground has become an internet meme already, but the 80,000 England fans inside Wembley for the fixture did not find it funny.

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