Over 170,000 people have signed a petition demanding England’s World Cup last-16 match against Colombia is replayed following the Three Lions’ victory.
The petition, which was started two days ago when Gareth Southgate’s men won a penalty shootout, argues England were awarded their second-half penalty for “a non-existent foul” and that Colombian striker Carlos Bacca’s extra-time goal should have been allowed to stand.
Bacca had scored after referee Mark Geiger had already halted proceedings, with England defender Harry Maguire distracted by a second ball that would have come on the pitch had the assistant not stopped it.
The petition calls for FIFA “to review these two actions, in order to set a precedent for fair play”.
Colombia coach Jose Pekerman argued Southgate’s side “fall in the box” and blamed “confusion” over the amount of physical contact tolerated at corners.
"The penalty was not a foul. In fact it was Harry Kane's fault" - Diego Maradona— BoyleSports (@BoyleSports) July 4, 2018
We're not so sure about that Diego... pic.twitter.com/eaJtUNGNXl
Argentinian Diego Maradona, a World Cup winner in 1986, was also angry with that decision and Geiger’s performance, calling the result a “monumental robbery” in an interview with Venezuelan television channel Telesur.
FIFA responded to Maradona’s comments with a statement that said it “strongly rebukes the criticism of the performance of the match officials which it considers to have been positive in a tough and highly emotional match”.
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