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Lehman slams performance of Italian referee

It was expected the 38 year old would announce his retirement at the end of Germany's campaign, although there have been suggestions that the ex-Arsenal keeper would continue on until the 2010 World Cup.

But he told reporters: "That's my last Euro match. I don't want to talk about anything else. I have to digest this disappointment first. You can imagine if I make any other decisions I'll tell the coach and the other players first."

It is not the first time Lehmann has been forced to suffer defeat in the final of a major tournament.

Such a record does not please Lehmann, who said: "The problem is when you lose something like this the 'if' word is the word of the losers. Perhaps all my life I'll be saying 'If I only I had done something differently'."

Lehmann has never been shy in voicing his opinions, and he pulled no punches in his appraisal of referee Roberto Rosetti's performance.

The Italian official made a few controversial calls during the match in Vienna, most notably his decision not to dismiss Spain winger David Silva after an apparent head-butt on Germany's Lukas Podolski.

"I was quite disappointed with the referee," Lehmann admitted. "He didn't give a red card to the Spanish player who head-butted our player and he gave a free kick against us in the last two minutes in the Spanish penalty area and even the Spanish players were surprised that it was considered a foul."

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