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Petition calling for England v Colombia to be replayed gets more than 275,000 signatures

More than 275,000 supporters have signed a petition demanding England’s World Cup win over Colombia should be replayed ‘in order to set a precedent for fair play’.

Colombia were beaten 4-3 on penalties, making it the Three Lions first ever penalty shootout win in the tournament, after the sides were locked at 1-1 following 120 minutes of play in Moscow.

The petition creator highlights two ‘key’ decisions in the game, which translates to:

‘1) Penalty in favor of England, for a nonexistent foul and which was evidently judged wrongly by FIFA referee Mark Geiger.

2) Carlos Bacca’s legitimate goal, in a play where the referee wrongly judged that there was illegitimacy when considering that when the goal was produced, there were two balls inside the pitch, which the television cameras proved, was NOT CORRECTLY COURT.’

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”.

 

Take a look at the social media reaction to the petition on the next page.

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