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Diego Maradona slams England for World Cup ‘theft’ against Colombia

05 Juillet 2018

Colombia are a strong team that can not be taken lightly by the English squad, and which are determined to beat England, even without their star player James Rodríguez, who is injured.

"There was the headbutt [on Jordan Henderson] that I'm sure you've all seen".

"I've never seen a game like this before and how they behaved", said Stones, who has played five years in the Premier League and four years for England.

Maradona, the Hand of God antagonist in Argentina's infamous victory over the Three Lions during the 1986 World Cup, believes England's Round of 16 win at the Otkrytiye Arena was the result of bad refereeing.

He claimed the striker "threw himself down" in the box after ripping into Pierluigi Collina, the head of FIFA's referee committee, for appointing the referee. "Thanks boys, the Colombian people support you!" the story said. It is the man who decides who the referee is who is to blame.

Captain Harry Kane, now leads the Golden Boot race with five goals in two games and will be the key figure for Gareth Southgate's men tonight.

Colombia's aggression angered England players throughout the match, particularly when Wilmar Barrios escaped a red card for what appeared to be a deliberate head-butt on Jordan Henderson in the buildup to a free kick.

Inside the arena, the lowest number of England fans since the Tunisia game - officially numbering 2,225 - were drowned out by their rivals until after the game, when the players went over to take selfies and share the special moment with them.

The threats emerged just one day after the 24th anniversary of the murder of former Colombian worldwide Andres Escobar.

With the game precariously-tied at 1-1, the match went into extra-time and then penalties.

"Furthermore, it also considers the additional comments and insinuations made as being entirely inappropriate and completely unfounded".

Federation Internationale de Football Association responded to Maradona's comments with a statement condemning the his criticism.

Colombian forward Radamel Falcao also criticized Geiger after the loss.

"The referee disturbed us a lot, in the 50-50 plays, he always made the calls in favour of England".

In a total of 24 matches in the knockout stages of the World Cup or the European Championships, England have progressed nine times.

"Both teams will have the problem of scoring".

Diego Maradona slams England for World Cup ‘theft’ against Colombia