Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Colombian players who missed penalty against England receive ‘death threats’

England's defender Ashley Young gestures during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group G football match between England and Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24 World Cup 2018: How to Watch Colombia vs England
Eugene Bates | 07 July, 2018, 03:32

England finally overcame penalty-shootout curse after almost 30 years when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday after drawing their World Cup last-16 clash 1-1 following extra time after the South Americans had equalised in the 93rd minute. Earlier, the police launched an investigation into the threats made towards the defender Carlos Sanchez, who received a red card in the third minute of Colombia's opening match against Japan. When there are so, so many fouls and interruptions I think that's not good.

Maradona also said Geiger should have penalised Kane in the build-up to England's second-half penalty, and criticised Pierluigi Collina, head of FIFA's referee committee, for allowing Geiger to officiate the match.

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

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

The Manchester United manager says he was surprised by England's antics against the South Americans, criticising defender Harry Maguire for diving. It was clear that Colombia were collectively trying to get under the skin of the England players, but failed to do so.

Argentinian Diego Maradona, a World Cup victor 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.

England have a traditionally poor record with penalties - they were the team's undoing at the 1990, 1998 and 2006 World Cup, as well as the 1996, 2004 and 2012 European Championship.

"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".

The two Colombian footballers who missed penalties to hand England victory in their World Cup tie have received death threats.

"It is the man who decides who the referee is who is to blame. In fact, it was Kane's fault", Maradona went on. "I found it peculiar that they put an American referee in this instance".

One mocking meme showed male officials at the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) headquarters distracted by images of Colombian women in the crowd, instead of watching the game. "It is not possible, this has to be denounced", he added.

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