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21st of July 2018

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Maradona: England win over Colombia was 'monumental theft'

Diego Maradona thinks England was gifted a win over Colombia in the World Cup round of 16.

In case you thought England's dramatic penalty win against Colombia couldn't get any better, it just has, as Argentina legend Diego Maradona is absolutely furious about it.

Maradona unleashed a vicious tirade directed at the England team, accusing the side of theft, and that the whole event was a big FIFA stitch-up.

Argentina's favorite son is most famously remembered for cheating his way to victory against England in 1986, with his 'hand of god' goal. But now Maradona is accusing the England side of unfair play, saying that Harry Kane actually fouled Colombian defender Carlos Sanchez in the build-up to England's penalty.

The Daily Mirror has him quoted as saying: ''I saw a monumental theft. I apologize to all Colombian people, but they must know the players are not to blame.''

Maradona's main cause of concern was that an American, Mark Geiger, was allowed to referee the match.

''It is the man who decides who the referee is who to blame. A man like that (Geiger) should not be put in charge of a game of that magnitude.

''With all due respect, Pierluigi Collina, as the man who designates the referees, he is very bad. He must apologize to the Colombian people.

''I told (FIFA President) Gianni Infantino that if I worked for FIFA I would change everything. It has to be transparent. That's why I didn't go there.

''The referee will know a lot about baseball, but he has no idea about football. The Colombian players asked for VAR and he did not give to them.

''Twice the English threw themselves to the ground and he did not admonish them. This was theft.''

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