Didier Deschamps’ side withdrew from the tournament on Monday night after losing on penalties after a 3-3 draw in Bucharest.
France had come back from a goal to lead 3-1 before the last 10 minutes of the match thanks to a brace from Karim Benzema and a nice strike from Paul Pogba, only for the strikes of the Swiss duo Haris Seferovic and Mario Gavranovic to win the match. in overtime.
Penalties eventually followed and the Swiss emerged victorious when goalkeeper Yann Sommer saved the kick from Kylian Mbappe, the 10th in the shootout.
Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe, who failed to score in the tournament, was widely criticized after the failure, but France boss Deschamps refused to blame him.
“Nobody talks about ‘you made this mistake’ or ‘you made this mistake’. Kylian knows his responsibility, ”Deschamps said after the game.
“Of course Kylian, even though he didn’t score a goal he was decisive in a lot of actions that we had and then he took the responsibility of taking that penalty and nobody is really mad at it him. “
However, eagle-eyed fans were quick to suggest Mbappe should have been allowed to retake his penalty kick in the shootout.
Still images from the penalty kick appeared to show goalkeeper Sommer going slightly out of line before Mbappe’s kick, with such an offense usually being punished by officials if the penalty was saved.
There was a slight pause after the stoppage as Sommer waited to see if his stoppage was legal, but Argentina referee Fernando Rapallini and his assistants failed to detect a violation, Sommer charged to celebrate with his teammates .
The day after the result, a petition was launched on the French site Les Lignes Bougent (LLB) calling for the game to be replayed, and it quickly garnered a lot of attention in France.
However, on Friday the site – which is generally more concerned with issues of social change and influence – decided to withdraw the petition, insisting Sommer did indeed have his foot on the line and calling on the French to be on board. “Good players” and congratulate Switzerland on their victory.
A statement from the SU said: “We spoke with the author of the petition to find out what action he wanted to take on his petition and he indicated to us that he preferred to stop him.
“So let’s be good players.
“The Swiss have well deserved their victory, and the French have not been unworthy by fighting to the end!
“Let us continue together to carry the voice of citizens!”
Switzerland will face Spain in the quarter-finals on Friday.