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

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World football governing body FIFA have slammed Diego Maradona for criticising American referee Mark Geiger's handling of England's win against ColombiaMaradona had described Colombia's loss to the English as a "monumental theft" and FIFA has reacted to the Argentine legend, whom they were paying £10,000-a-game to work as an ambassador for the governing body at the World Cup.

With neither side able to force a victor, the match went to penalties.

In what smacked of sour grapes, Jose Pekerman pointed the finger squarely at the England players following the niggly last-16 tie that saw Gareth Southgate's team reach the quarterfinals at the South Americans' expense. "It was a hard situation to be in, but we have overcome it and we can be very proud of ourselves", he said.

Colomba took the game to extra time after salvaging a goal in the final stages of the contest through defender Yerry Mina, before England won it on penalties.

"We were ready for that". Stay with us for all the updates.

A relieved Southgate said, "It was a night when I knew we were going to get over the line. But we did", Dier said. It shows the passion and belief that we have in our country.

It will be a huge blow to the El Tricolor should the midfielder be ruled out of the game. "Colombia died standing. That's why I applaud them".




Kane scored a combined five goals in the wins over Tunisia and Panama, and the Tottenham striker went close when his looping header back across goal landed on the roof of the net.

The momentum had certainly shifted towards the 'Yellow Wall' and it was them who played for most of those extra-time, England only somehow surviving till the whistle set-off and referee pointed to the spot.

Pickford made his first save from a fizzing long-range effort from Juan Fernado Quintero, while Jesse Lingard sliced over after Colombia half-cleared a cross.

Harry Kane's penalty looked like being the difference prior to that 93rd-minute header, awarded after Carlos Sanchez wrestled the opening goalscorer to the ground.

Now let's talk about something that we all thought - 'how dirty are Colombia?' From questionable tackles, that chest-come-chin butt on Jordan Henderson to their overall aggression whenever the referee came to a decision. "There could have been several red cards for off-the-ball stuff", he added.

As England's Eric Dier successfully converted the winning penalty, a previously unsighted Leeson can be seen emerging from the throng, jumping, swirling and spilling his drink - before discarding the cup altogether.

Ultimately, Colombia got what they deserved much to the anguish of thousands of their fans who had turned the occasion into a home game.

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