Federation Internationale de Football Association condemns Diego Maradona’s comments after Colombia loss

Jul 07, 2018, 03:36
Federation Internationale de Football Association condemns Diego Maradona’s comments after Colombia loss

The 1986 World Cup victor said England's win was a "monumental robbery" after Gareth Southgate's men edged through a bad-tempered encounter on penalties on Tuesday. Our fans who were here were brilliant, but it was nearly an away game. England, it has to be said, were by no means blameless but the way Pekerman reacted afterwards suggested his team were the ones on the end of most of the unsavoury antics.

"Every team has lots of diving, lots of pretending, lots of putting pressure on the referee... the game loses quality... and for me that was the negative point. I just kind of looked back at him, but we knew their game plan and exactly what they were trying to do".

"Players fall in the box, they collide and fall", he told reporters after the match. "You know you are standing there and if we don't get through from a game we played so well in, you know you will continue the history and mindset for teams to come". All the sort of things that you don't really hear in a football match. These interruptions are bad.

Colombia are a strong team that can not be taken lightly by the English squad, and which are determined to beat England, even without their star player James Rodríguez, who is injured. But Colombia's response was not attacks but more fouls and they would still consider themselves lucky not to have given way a second penalty when Davinson Sanchez tripped Jesse Lingard in the 77th minute. "It has been obvious, too obvious".

"I thought there could have been several red cards in that game from what happened".

Stones is delighted to have picked up the victory in Moscow, claiming that Wilmar Barrios's headbutt on Jordan Henderson was just the tip of the iceberg. Some things I hadn't even seen, like the incident with Raheem and one of their staff.

American referee Mark Geiger has been widely criticised for his failure to take control of a match that constantly threatened to boil over.

In the last few days Federation Internationale de Football Association have made it clear that more scrutiny has be given to attackers being hauled down in the penalty area.

In extra-time, the referee halted play following an England throw-in as the intended recipient Harry Maguire was distracted by another ball that would have entered the pitch had the assistant not prevented it from doing so. England ended up bringing their own frustrating tactics to the game, but never stooped their opponents' levels.

"To get knocked down at the end like we did with that goal in added time, you know, it's hard to come back from that".

The added time of three minutes made no difference to the uneventful match between England and Colombia and both teams retreated to their locker rooms for a 15-minute pause with the scoreless draw. Is destiny on England's side?

England have a traditionally poor record with penalties - they were the team's undoing at the 1990, 1998 and 2006 World Cup, as well as the 1996, 2004 and 2012 European Championship.

Stones clashed with Colombia striker Radamel Falcao during the contest and won plaudits for an imposing display.

If they are to progress further, and stand any chance of confirming their fans' hopes of winning the World Cup for a second time, they have to show they are good enough tonight.

He said on Wednesday: "I saw a monumental theft".

Once more the petition argues Geiger had got that decision wrong and that Bacca was denied a "legitimate goal".

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