By Paul Giblin MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua)
-- FIFA have “strongly rebuked” former
Argentinean football legend Diego Maradona for comments he made
about referee Mark Geiger’s handling of the last 16 World Cup
tie between Colombia and England on Tuesday night.
England won on
penalties after a late header from Yerry Mina had cancelled out
a second half penalty scored by Harry Kane, who was awarded the
spot kick after being wrestled to the floor by Colombia
midfielder Carlos Sanchez.
that despite TV images showing it to be a clear penalty,
England’s win was a “monumental theft” and also criticized
Geiger’s designation as match official.
“I’m just sorry for
the whole Colombian people,” added Maradona.
criticism from both the England and the Colombian press, with
the English irritated at his inability to control the strongarm
tactics and gamesmanship of the Colombian side, while the
Colombians were angry at the penalty and the fact that England
duo of Jesse Lingard and Harry Maguire were also guilty of
diving in the Colombian penalty area.
However, the fact
Maradona has attended games in Russia as a VIP guest of FIFA
clearly stung the organizing body of world football, who said
his comments were “entirely inappropriate and completely
“FIFA is extremely
sorry to read such declarations from a player who has written
the history of our game,” they said in a statement.