Wales defender Chris Gunter calls Euro 2020 format ‘a joke’ after last-16 loss to Denmark

Wales star Chris Gunter has called the format of Euro 2020 a ‘joke’ and believes UEFA let down his nation.

Robert Page’s side lost 4-0 to Denmark in Amsterdam, seeing them bow out of the cross-continent competition in the last-16.

Gunter was unimpressed by the tournament’s format

It marked the end of an incredible journey for the Dragons – literally.

Overall they travelled over 5,300 miles after playing group games in Baku and Rome, while in Netherlands, the Danes were playing their first game outside their Copenhagen.

“Written off before a bag of air was kicked, 3,000 miles from home,” Gunter, Wales’ most capped men’s player, wrote on Instagram.

“Every nation had fans wherever they went, apart from the 350 who broke government rules and bank accounts to be there, you and us deserved more from this joke set up of a tournament, but who said life was fair.”

Gunter helped Wales into the last-16 but could not see them into the quarter-finals

Having had little support in Baku and Rome due to coronavirus restrictions, Wales were then told by the Dutch Government that their supporters were banned from entering Netherlands.

Denmark supporters, however, were allowed in and a small band of Wales fans, who had managed to get into the Johan Cruyff Arena, were vastly outnumbered in a 14,645 crowd.

“Suck it up, keep your chin up, we’ll be alright, trust me on that,” said Charlton defender Gunter, who won his 102nd cap in the final group game against Italy.

“We did not deserve that scoreline but who said life was fair.

“Have a cry, but then smile that we were dining at the top table yet again.

“And smile even more that we’ll be back, and we’ll be the ones with the full stadium belting out our anthem that we all deserve.”