Maradona: Referee ‘Stole’ Victory For England Against Colombia

Tyler Owen
July 7, 2018

Colombia striker Radamel Falcao accused the American referee of "bias" towards England while Argentinian World Cup victor Maradona's words were even stronger.

His remarks earned him a rebuke from tournament organisers Federation Internationale de Football Association, whom it is understood pay Maradona around $10,000 a game as part of its "Legends" ambassador programme.

Diego said: "I saw a monumental theft".

As the players left the pitch at half-time Colombia coach Eduardo Urtasun barged into Sterling who said: "I just remember running in and someone stepped in front of me".

The South Americans are sweating on the fitness of star man James Rodriguez who wobbled off in their last group game against Senegal. A man like [Geiger] should not be put in charge of a game of that magnitude.

Despite the rough treatment, Jamie Vardy is England's only injury doubt for the last-eight match against Sweden in Samara on Saturday and Stones said Colombia came off worse in being sent home.

Maradona has since apologised for the views he aired in an Instagram post of him and Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino. It has to be transparent.

"There were a couple of times when I went over for a drinks break and he kept saying something".

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England beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties after an ill-tempered 1-1 draw in Moscow to set up a World Cup quarter-final with Sweden. England captain Harry Kane is all smiles after converting his second half penalty against Colombia at the 2018 Fifa World Cup .

Kieran Trippier says the players focused on clearing their minds of past failures as they booked their meeting with Sweden.

Maradona, whose celebration of Argentina's dramatic win over Nigeria that sealed a place in the knockout stages will provide one of the lasting memories of Russian Federation 2018, was particularly scathing of Geiger's decision to award a spot-kick to England when Kane was dragged to ground by Carlos Sanchez. Twice the English threw themselves to the ground and he did not admonish them.

The referee waved play-on, a utterly wrong decision and it was no surprise because he had been on the wrong side for most past of the night and apart from rightly awarding England a penalty in the 54th minute, his decisions was shoddy just like the football on display was.

He told Venezuelan television channel Telesur: "The penalty was not a penalty; it was a foul by Kane... In fact, it was Kane's fault", Maradona went on.

"As much as I may sometimes have opinions contrary to some refereeing decisions, I have absolute respect for the work - not easy - that the institution and the referees do".

Next up for England is a quarter-final against Sweden in Samara on Saturday afternoon, with Russian Federation or Croatia potentially awaiting in the final four.

"The game loses quality... and for me that was the negative point".

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