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Maradona: Referee ‘Stole’ Victory For England Against Colombia

Maradona: Referee ‘Stole’ Victory For England Against Colombia

Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona has accused the match officials of cheating Colombia out of victory in their 2018 FIFA World Cup second round tie against England on Tuesday.

The Three Lions saw off Colombia 4-3 on penalties after scoreline stood at 1-1 following 120 minutes of exciting football.

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

Maradona in particular was left frustrated by the level of officiating in Moscow, claiming that Harry Kane should have been penalised in the build-up to the penalty that he won and converted to put England in front.

“I saw a monumental theft. I apologise to all the Colombian people, but they must know the players are not to blame,” he told Telesur .

“It is the man who decides who the referee is who is to blame. A man like [Geiger] should not be put in charge of a game of that magnitude.

“With all due respect, Pierluigi Collina , as the man who designates the referees, he is very bad. He must apologise to the Colombian people. I told [FIFA president] Gianni Infantino that if I worked for FIFA I would change everything. It has to be transparent. That’s why I didn’t go there.

“The referee will know a lot about baseball, but he has no idea about football. The Colombian players asked for VAR and he did not give it to them. Twice the English threw themselves to the ground and he did not admonish them. This was theft.”

Colombia had six players booked across the 120 minutes, with Wilmar Barrios among those to be cautioned for a headbutt on Jordan Henderson.

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  • Maradona u are a big foooooool,idiot u are,the highest thief in this world is you.u are the most dishonnest human beign in the world,inresponsible u are.go to hell

  • Omoudu Sylvanus Evans 3 years ago

    Don’t also forget that Referee stole victory for Argentina against Nigeria vs Argentina last game played on 26th last month, the hand ball from Rojo would ve be a penalty against Argentina but the turkey referee canceled it for no reason,thank God who revenge for Nigeria by helping France to humiliate Argentina, what goes around will always comes around.

  • Where were you when the referee stole victory for Argentina against Nigeria? This guy is a disgrace to football. Not just football, even to humanity

    • Kweli 3 years ago

      Absolutely. Or his silence the clear penalty denied Morocco in their game against Spain? It was obvious, that Morocco were going to show Spain the exit door. No surprise it was the Russians who undid Spain’s now extinct tiki taka football.

    • OLUSEGUN Olofin 3 years ago

      Who made Maradona judge and jury over this matter ? This thief, drug addicted racist who robbed England at the 1986 world Cup as well as him and his country Robbing Nigeria on several occasions due to his fears of a black nation beating his team has the guts to talk like this . Seriously , he needs mental treatment

  • Khalil 3 years ago

    As much as I beg to differ with Maradona on this,I think he is spot-on on this to an extent.
    There were many deisiins the American ref refused to attend to.
    For me,the ref was somehow poor on the night.
    Belgium vs Japan still stand out as the most clean game I have ever watched in a knock out phase this could have been the template for all the refs to learn from.

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

    Argentina stole victory against Nigeria. Two blatant penalties were called off. It was big time daylight robbery on the SuperEagles. If anyone should talk about cheating is it Maradona!!!!!! Of all people. Abeg go sidon somewhere in LA BOMBONERA with your usual Elubo.

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    These are the kinds of accolades you deserves to receive from Nigerians Mr. Maradona,laughs. Nigerians are still angry with you since 1994 world cup and your son Messi and his team mates have learned a lot from you.
    “Maradona’s equation”

    M + M = Maradona and Messi.

    However, Maradona ÷ by Messi

    = Argentina 0 team world cup 2018.

    Meanwhile, Nigeria had their chances against Argentina’s zero team but Nigeria failed to take their chances that is why Mr. Maradona is talking like zelo man.

    An attention seeker would find all means to do his thing. Sorry, you are not in position to talk because you are the boss of bosses in terms of cheating. Leave English team alone, they are already through to quarter finals.

    @Ayphillydegreat, how are you doing my man? Long time.

    God bless us all, God bless Nigeria!!!

  • OLUSEGUN Olofin 3 years ago

    Who made Maradona judge and jury over this matter ? This thief, drug addicted racist who robbed England at the 1986 world Cup as well as him and his country Robbing Nigeria on several occasions due to his fears of a black nation beating his team has the guts to talk like this . Seriously , he needs mental treatment . This world cup is now a manipulation game where Fifa bet on teams to win or lose and the referees aid them to it .

  • Djeniko 3 years ago

    The boys are annoyed o. Maradona is just the scapegoat boys have been looking. The only thing is that Maradona is too doped now in his hotel or somewhere in Russia to even read all this attack. Trust Maradona, he definitely would have answered all of you guys. Mourinho is learning from him. It would have been battle royale with you guys who have acid Biro. Talking about using his hands to score against England, has he ever admitted that he cheated England? He believed he did the right thing as long as England forcefully took and continued to occupied their island called Folkland. In fact, all Argentine will swear that England cannot and should not carry the WC. So guys, Maradona talking like this is not personal but national. This include Messi too. As England get power take their land, England will continue to suffer football wise, either by verbal attack as he is doing or on the field whenever they meet Argentina direct or any America team. It doesn’t matter if it is South or North America. My only regret now is that Maradona will not reply. Too doped. Chei.

  • Take Heart 3 years ago

    We all saw what Columbia played. Did they come to play football or they were there for trouble? The ref just have to use the yellow cards to get a grip of that match. Their antics shows that they believe England was a bigger team. I believe Columbia would have won that match if they had the Japanese mentality. Play your game and no look anyone face or name because of popularity. Maybe they were too young and it shows in their behavior. Maradona should be talking to his South American neighbour instead of transferring his annoyance on England. Although Nigeria Super Eagles was the youngest team in the WC, they didn’t resort to such silly and kiddish antics to win matches.