FIFA condemns Maradona comments about England Colombia referee

FIFA condemns Maradona comments about England Colombia referee

FIFA condemns Maradona comments about England Colombia referee

Maradona, who mostly attended World Cup games in Russian Federation as a VIP guest of FIFA, was photographed before the game wearing a Colombia shirt.

England finally ended their penalties curse when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout after drawing their World Cup last-16 clash 1-1 following extra time after the South Americans equalised in the 93rd minute.

Jose Pekerman's side received six bookings in a tempestuous match, but Maradona says Colombia can feel robbed and questioned the decision of Federation Internationale de Football Association referee chief Pierluigi Collina to appoint American official Geiger.

Diego said: "I saw a monumental theft".

Asked if Colombia were more provacative than had been expected, Southgate told ITV: "Well, I don't know if we didn't expect it, but we didn't rise to it, which was brilliant, in general".

After three haunting failures, England finally won a penalty shootout at the World Cup.

"I screamed at Colombia's equaliser as though I had been the one to head that ball because it's not possible - you have to denounce this".

"It is the man who decides who the referee is who is to blame", Maradona said of Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of FIFA's referees committee. "He can not be put in to referee a match of this magnitude".

The ever-controversial former World Cup victor also pointed the finger at Pierluigi Collina, head of FIFA's referee committee, for allowing Geiger's designation. It has to be transparent. They've done a little bit of that, we go to a quarter-final, but I don't want to go home yet!

England's win over Colombia on Tuesday night was more akin to a Royal Rumble than a football match, as the Colombian players - and coaches - brought their snide tactics to a game they would have to play without star player James Rodriguez.

"Sometimes they can throw you these teams, they can go kind of under the radar, but there is no question they are a good team".

The result sees England into the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time since 2006, and they have made their royal family proud with their exploits.

"The penalty was not a penalty; it was a foul by Kane..." Like I've said before, the spirit in this team is incredible.

"I was surprised to see central defenders like Harry Maguire, normally he is a very honest guy, diving in the attacking box asking the referee for VAR".

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