England’s victory over Colombia in the Round of 16 has raised a storm and FIFA have finally been forced to intervene.
After England’s penalty shoot-out victory over Colombia, Diego Maradona went against the wind to claim that the Latin American side were robbed of a victory thanks to the poor referring decisions made on the pitch.
Maradona also went onto claim that the referee for the night Geiger knows “a lot about baseball but has no idea about football”
The Argentine added: “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.
“As the captain of legends, I have to tell (FIFA president Gianni) Infantino this cannot be left like this. This is a fatal mistake for a whole country.”
These harsh comments from the former World Cup winner has immediately brought a response from FIFA who released a statement saying:
“Following comments made by Diego Armando Maradona in relation to Tuesday’s round of 16 game, Colombia v England, FIFA strongly rebukes the criticism of the performance of the match officials which it considers to have been positive in a tough and highly emotional match
“Furthermore, it also considers the additional comments and insinuations made as being entirely inappropriate and completely unfounded.
“At a time when FIFA is doing everything within its power to ensure principles of fair play, integrity and respect are at the forefront of this World Cup and how the organisation is now run, FIFA is extremely sorry to read such declarations from a player who has written the history of our game.”
Diego Maradona has been present during the World Cup games as part of the FIFA Legends Program but now it seems that the Argentina superstar has rubbed the governing body of football in the wrong way.
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