It's coming home! England fans celebrate victory against Colombia in Reading

Sherman Parsons
July 6, 2018

Colombia striker Radamel Falcao accused the American referee of "bias" towards England while Argentinian World Cup victor Maradona's words were even stronger.

The troubling messages come days after similar ones aimed at Carlos Sanchez who picked a red card within just three minutes into Colombia's group stage tie against Japan.

Colombia can count itself unfortunate to exit the World Cup after a shootout defeat to England, but in truth it was never able to recreate the swagger of the pioneering 2014 side.

"I'm reeling because when I spoke to (FIFA president Gianni) Infantino the first time, everything had changed at Federation Internationale de Football Association: the thieves had left, the fixes, everything. and today we saw the opposite - an old and fixed Federation Internationale de Football Association". "I apologise to all the Colombia people, but they must know the players are not to blame", Maradona told Venezuela TV station Telesur.

"The referees are chosen by [Pierluigi] Collina, who was appointed by Infantino to change the new Federation Internationale de Football Association from thieves and fixers, and today we saw the opposite - an old and fixed Federation Internationale de Football Association". Among those who thought so: Colombia star Radamel Falco, who was particularly frustrated with American referee Mark Geiger.

"With all due respect, Pierluigi Collina, as the man who designates the referees, he is very bad". It has to be transparent. Ahead of England's match against the South Americans in Moscow, the newspaper splashed the following message on their frontpage: "As 3 Lions face nation that gave us Shakira, great coffee, and er, other stuff, we say.GO KANE!"

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"When you play against a team that want to fight, want to disturb your momentum, you can sometimes get dragged into it, and that's what they want".

"The final score showed the English winning, but they were booed off the field by many in the crowd of 34,520".

Colombia received six of the eight yellow cards for the game, including one for Wilmar Barrios for an apparent headbutt on Jordan Henderson.

He added: "The penalty was not a foul". The referee is looking somewhere else and when he turns his head, Kane is on the floor. "I cheered Colombia's goal as if I had headed it myself".

"I repeat, why didn't the referee ask for the VAR?"

Fans will now look to England's quarter final opponents Sweden and the next match, which will also be shown at the XL Arena, 3pm on Saturday, July 7.

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