Colombia the dirtiest team I've ever played, says England's Stones

Dean Simpson
July 7, 2018

Federation Internationale de Football Association has rebuked Argentina legend, Diego Maradona, over his criticism of referee Mark Geiger, following England's World Cup penalty shoot-out win over Colombia on Tuesday.

Police were already investigating death threats sent to defensive midfielder Carlos Sanchez after his red card in Colombia's opening game with Japan. "But as long as the team keeps winning I'm more than happy".

Maradona said American referee Mark Geiger "knows a lot about baseball but has no idea about football" and also criticised FIFA for appointing the official to the match.

"I don't think that people in England or other countries should think of Colombia players like this".

The South Americans had been getting away with blatant holding and wrestling at each of England's many corners and the referee's patience finally snapped when Carlos Sanchez hauled down tournament leading scorer Kane once too often.

Andres Escobar during the 1994 World Cup.

Colombian coach Jose Pekerman said football needed to be "protected" after suggesting English players had faked fouls.

Colombia had six players booked across the 120 minutes for a mixture of tough tackling and mental provocation, while Raheem Sterling was also targeted by Los Cafeteros's backroom staff at half time.

"She did see some of (the match)", said a Downing Street spokesman.

Former England striker Gary Lineker laughed off Maradona's comments on Twitter, referencing the Argentinian's infamous "Hand of God" goal against England in the 1986 quarter-finals.

"When we won the penalty, they were surrounding the referee, pushing the referee, the headbutt that you've all seen, scuffing the penalty spot, a lot of off-the-ball things you probably haven't heard about. In fact, it was Kane's fault", Maradona went on.

"Here is a gentleman [Collina] who is the one who decides to choose a referee by just googling him". A man like [Geiger] should not be put in charge of a game of that magnitude. England ended up bringing their own frustrating tactics to the game, but never stooped their opponents' levels. The rules allow for VAR assistance, yes or no?

Colombia's stand-out player from the tournament will be Mina, whose headers earned him the nickname "Mina de Oro" or gold mine, after they carried Colombia to victories against Senegal and Poland in the group stage. "It is not possible, this has to be denounced".

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